What is Spinal Decompression?
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of computerized and motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal discs — gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine — by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.
Why Choose a Non-Surgical Treatment?
While some back conditions require surgery and/or strong pain medications, many people can find relief for chronic pain with non-surgical options. These non-invasive treatments can be used for effective pain management and can even help improve a patient’s overall health.
Spinal Conditions for Spinal Decompression
Often, neck and back pain comes from a problem in the spine. Spinal decompression therapy can effectively address pain by reducing stress on the spinal discs and re-positioning the body into a healthy posture. This treatment can address several common spinal issues, including:
Degenerative Disc Disease
How Spinal Decompression Therapy Works
Essentially, this type of treatment is designed to reduce compression forces on the discs and facet joints. Decompressing the spine helps reduce lumbar, neck, leg, and arm pain and can also treat the symptoms of herniated or bulging discs. In many cases, decompression therapy is combined with other physical therapy exercises for maximum effectiveness.
A lumbar decompression table is an important element of this treatment method. This specially designed motorized table moves to help stretch and relax the spine in a controlled manner. This movement can create negative intradiscal pressure that allows misaligned disc material to move back into the correct location.
The reduction of internal disc pressure can also encourage the spinal area to draw in oxygen and essential nutrients to promote healing. Most patients don’t feel pain during the procedure but do experience a sensation of stretching in the back and hips.
Generally, patients undergoing a decompression course of treatment complete between 15 and 20 sessions. Each session usually includes traction treatment as well as physical therapy exercises. Of course, the exact details of a treatment plan depend on a patient’s unique condition, goals, and needs. Some patients feel significant pain relief after just a few treatment sessions.
Benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy
The basic idea of decompression through traction has been around for a very long time. Modern day traction allow customized procedures that can be completely controlled by the chiropractor. One of the most important benefits of this type of treatment for chronic pain is that it effectively targets the source of the pain.
Spinal Decompression Therapy helps realign the spinal discs so pain relief follows naturally. It is a cost effective and painless procedure that can end or manage your neck or back pain. Combining spinal decompression treatments with chiropractic and exercises can help patients improve their overall spinal health and find long-term pain relief.
Does Spinal Decompression Hurt?
No, in fact it is very gentle and relaxing. Most patient’s fall asleep during the treatment.
How do I know if this treatment is right for me?
Call our office and make an appointment for an evaluation. Bring any test results, X-ray, MRI, CT scan etc. We will do an exam, discuss your health history, past treatment plans and review all diagnostic testing to determine if you are a good candidate for spinal decompression.