As we age, the cushion or discs between each spinal vertebra can weaken and dissolve. During this dissolution, the vertebrae begin to rub against each other which causes severe back pain. This also compresses the spine which can damage it further because you experience bone-on-bone friction. Decompression therapy is an effective treatment to relieve the pain associated with bone-on-bone friction. It can also help relieve the discomfort associated with bulging or herniated discs and sciatica.
How Spinal Decompression Works
Basically, spinal decompression works by stretching the vertebrae to relieve the pressure between them. A spinal decompression machine offers motorized traction that gently pulls the spine to reposition the cord back to its original shape. During this process, discs retract, which removes the pressure against spinal nerves that causes back pain. With multiple therapy sessions, bulging or herniated discs oftentimes move back to their original position. Decompression also promotes fluid, oxygen and water movement back into depleted discs to refresh their cushioning ability.
What Spinal Decompression Helps
As mentioned above, we have experienced tremendous success when we add spinal decompression as part of our treatment of our patients’ back pain. Spinal decompression is effective for
- Back pain
- Bulging discs
- Diseased spinal nerve roots
- Herniated discs
- Injured spinal nerve roots
- Neck pain
- Worn spinal joints
Spinal Decompression Treatment
Spinal decompression treatment is noninvasive and relaxing. In fact, some of our patients fall asleep during their treatment. We recommend you wear something comfortable for your visit, as you will lie down face up or face down on the decompression table. We will strap you onto the table with two harnesses, one at your pelvis and one at your waist, and then we will use the machine to gently stretch your spine. The treatment will last 20 to 30 minutes and we may also use hot or cold therapy or other pre- or post-decompression treatments to increase its effect.