What is Spinal Decompression and How Can It Help?


Spinal decompression is a non-surgical therapy used to treat lower back pain. The method uses stretching and traction to provide relief in the back, legs, neck, and even arms. It can be used to treat a variety of ailments, including herniated or bulging discs, sciatica, joint issues, and nerve impingement. The same basic principles used by various trained health professionals, the therapy promotes optimal healing without the risks and recovery time of traditional surgical interventions.

There are several beneficial goals of spinal decompression therapy. The first is creating a negative intradiscal pressure. This promotes the repositioning or retraction of bulging or herniated discs, pulling the disc material back into place. The treatment is also meant to lower the pressure in the discs, which allows for healing nutrients and substances to flow in abundance.

When you arrive for your treatment, you will lie on the motorized traction table.  A harness, will be placed around your hips. While the upper part of the table remains in a fixed position, the lower part, will slide back and forth. The exact positioning of the patient will depend on the specific therapy being utilized. Some tables require the patient to be lying face down while others will have you facing upwards.

A therapy session typically lasts between 15 to 30 minutes for the treatment time.. Most patients are recommended to undergo a series of treatments in order to reap the full benefits. This can consist of several treatments over a month or two-month period. While the risks of undergoing this type of treatment are minimal, they should still be discussed with your practitioner. It’s also important to note that treatment sessions may include other therapeutic modalities, electric stimulation, Chiropractic manipulation, and Physical therapy exercises.  Your practitioner might also recommend making some changes to your lifestyle in order to improve the benefits that you can expect to experience from undergoing treatment. Drinking at least half a gallon of water each day, getting adequate rest, incorporating nutritional supplements to your diet, and performing strength and mobility exercises at home are just some of the ways to make sure you are working toward improving your spinal health on a daily basis.

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