Spinal decompression is a safe, non-surgical form of spinal therapy that can be used to help relieve lower back pain, neck pain, arm and leg pain, and more. This advanced form of spinal traction was developed by prominent engineers, technicians, and physicians at teaching hospitals and it has been clinically proven to reduce symptoms and relieve pain from conditions like bulging discs.
How Spinal Decompression Therapy Works
Spinal decompression is a non-surgical spinal treatment that stretches and relaxes the spine intermittently in a controlled fashion. This technique creates negative pressure within the spinal discs which is believed to:
- Pull the herniated disc material back into the disc
- Promote the distribution of healing nutrients into the disc
A spinal decompression requires the patient lie on a specially designed motorized table. A harness is attached around the hips that then attaches to the lower part of the table near the feet. The upper part of the table stays in a fixed position while the lower part of the table slides back and forth for traction and relaxation of the spine.
Spinal decompression therapy is different than the older form of traction with which most people are familiar. Traction merely applies steady force by putting the patient's body upside-down on an inversion table to take strain off of the muscles and joints. While inversion therapy can be effective for some people, it's contraindicated for people who have heart problems, vascular disease, high blood pressure, and other health issues.
Spinal decompression offers improved pain relief compared to traction as the body likely responds to the steady pull of traction by involuntarily contracting the spinal muscles. This involuntary result usually makes unloading the damaged disc unsuccessful and it may actually increase pressure within the disc.
Spinal decompression is a painless procedure, but it's expected to feel stretching in the spine.
Spinal decompression therapy is usually performed as a serious of 15 to 30 sessions that last 30 to 45 minutes each. While the number of sessions necessary varies by person, most people experience immediate and substantial pain relief after just a few sessions.
What Can Spinal Decompression Treat?
Spinal decompression therapy is recommended for a wide variety of lower back problems and spinal issues:
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint syndromes
- Post-surgical healing
- Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal opening
Research has found that spinal decompression treatment can effectively relieve pain and reduce disability related to disc injury and disease while improving the healing of damaged spinal discs and reversing negative nerve changes. According to one study, published in Orthopedic Technology Review, spinal decompression resulted in an immediate improvement in symptoms for 86% of patients while 84% remained pain-free for 90 days after treatment. Physical examinations found improvements in 92% of patients that remained in 89% of patients for at least three months.
Spinal decompression therapy may be combined with other treatments in a personalized treatment plan, including physical therapy, spinal manipulation, and massage therapy.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Do you have chronic back pain or a disc problem like degenerative disc disease or a bulging disc? Spinal decompression therapy may be an effective way to treat your condition and give you fast and substantial pain relief. Contact ChiroFit today to learn more about the benefits of spinal decompression and schedule your initial appointment.