Videos of chiropractic adjustments are growing in online popularity these days. Many people love to watch therapeutic treatments being given to strangers and hear the satisfying “cracks” during adjustments. This chiropractic video popularity has given rise to many chiropractors’ practices and treatment methods.
One very popular method is referred to as the “Ring Dinger®,” a manual spinal decompression technique utilized by Dr. Gregory E. Johnson. While Dr. Johnson’s videos and technique are quite popular, it has mistakenly led many people to believe that the Ring Dinger is the standard for spinal decompression therapy.
At Ideal Spine, we train chiropractors using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) techniques, the leading chiropractic technique in the world that utilizes spinal rehabilitation to holistically care for the body. Manual spinal decompression may be part of our experts’ treatment techniques, so it’s important to understand how traditional spinal decompression and the Ring Dinger technique differ.
Understanding the Ring Dinger
The Ring Dinger technique aims to decompress the entire spine with one fluid movement. According to Dr. Johnson, all 24 vertebrae decompress and recede themselves during this technique, and this occurs very quickly.
The technique was designed to relieve pressure from the spinal discs and nerves. This may help reshape intervertebral discs to alleviate problems like herniated and degenerated discs that cause back and neck pain.
The Ring Dinger uses specialized patient placement and locks the pelvis to prevent movement. The patient’s legs are raised to a 90-degree angle to be parallel with the floor; this is to allow the spinal muscles along the entire spinal column to relax.
The chiropractor then crosses a towel under and over the patient’s neck and pulls back, using a high-velocity thrust to decompress the entire spine all at one time. The technique is over very quickly. Many patients will require multiple Ring Dinger treatments to see results.
What is spinal decompression?
While the Ring Dinger is a form of spinal decompression therapy, traditional decompression therapies used by chiropractors around the world are a little different.
Traditional, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy aims to do the same thing as the Ring Dinger: Reshape intervertebral discs and promote healing by allowing the flow of nutrients to a compressed disc. The decompression of the spine is believed to help alleviate pain and restore proper disc function.
However, traditional decompression is often conducted much differently than the Ring Dinger. It is usually much more controlled and uses motorized traction to stretch the spine gently and slowly. Where the Ring Dinger is over quickly, a traditional spinal decompression therapy session could last 30 to 45 minutes.
Many chiropractors also use motorized tables for their decompression therapies. The patient is typically strapped onto the table with their hips stabilized. Then, either a cable and pulley system pull on the body to decompress the spine, or a mobile section of the table pulls the body. What is interesting about these machines is that they typically include sensors to detect muscle contraction, which can resist the decompression; the machine can then wait until muscles relax to more effectively pull and stretch the spine.
Additionally, spinal decompression therapies do not typically target the entire spine. Instead, they usually focus on the lumbar or cervical spine to treat known problem areas. This results in a more controlled, gentle approach to spinal decompression.
Different approach, similar results
As you can see, the Ring Dinger and traditional spinal decompression therapies have their differences, but both are designed to accomplish the same goal. It’s very important to understand these differences and know which method your chiropractor may use if you require spinal decompression. For the best results in chiropractic care, work with a chiropractic expert trained by Ideal Spine’s CBP technique.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.