What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression is an effective alternative to surgery, involving the stretching and relaxation of the spine in a controlled manner. This process develops an adverse pressure within the disc which pulls the affected disc material back into the disc. It boosts the passage of healing nutrients into the disc and promotes a great healing environment. It is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. It changes the position and structure of the spine.
How is Spinal Decompression Performed?
During the spinal decompression session, the patient lies on a motorized table. The lower half of this table can move. Around the hips, a harness is placed which is attached to the lower table near the feet. The upper portion of the table remains in a fixed position while the lower part slides back and forth to provide traction and relaxation to the patient. Patients do not feel pain during the decompression therapy but they should feel the stretch in the spine.
What Conditions can be Treated with Spinal Decompression?
Diseased or injured spinal nerve roots, worn spinal joints, degenerative disc disease, herniated or bulging discs, neck and back pain and sciatica i.e. tingling and pain that extends down the leg.
What are the Benefits of Spinal Decompression?
- Mitigates pressure on spinal nerves
- Helps restore normal joint and spinal disc alignments
- Promotes healing of spinal disc tissues
- Provides pain relief
- Expedites effectiveness of other healing accesses
What are the side Effects?
It is mostly a low-risk treatment, with the exception of a few rare side effects. Some patients may experience a shooting pain down the legs or muscle spasms after the treatment.
Who is not an Ideal Candidate for Spinal Decompression?
Stretching of the spine to relieve pain, is not appropriate for everyone. Pregnant women, patients with failed back surgery or broken vertebrae, patients who have an artificial disc or other implants in the spine, spinal fusion patients and anyone who has had multiple surgeries are not the right candidates for spinal decompression.