What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal Decompression Therapy is a treatment that has been done by Chiropractors for decades. It gently stretches the spine and helps to take the pressure off of spinal discs which can help to relieve back pain. It can also help to retract bulging or herniated discs as well as treat sciatica, neck pain, worn spinal joints, and more. 

If you’ve ever experienced back pain you know how debilitating it can be. Millions of Americans who have chronic back pain are clamoring for a solution and many of the solutions available involve prescription drugs or surgery. One of the big benefits of spinal decompression therapy is that it provides a non-invasive, medication-free option for people dealing with back pain.

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a motorized traction therapy that gently stretches the spine. This results in a change of force and position of the spine which takes the pressure off of the spinal discs or nerves. This greatly benefits people with back pain as they age.

This gentle, non-surgical procedure can provide lower back and neck pain relief, sciatica pain relief, and is a state-of-the-art procedure for bulging, herniated, or degenerative disc disease in the neck and lumbar regions. As you age, the discs that sit between the bones of your spine lose fluid and as a result, your spine compresses and you have less protection between each bone.

The gentle forces of spinal decompression therapy create a decompression of the spine to improve blood flow and nutrient exchange to the injured area. When you have spinal decompression therapy you'll experience several cycles of stretch and relaxation, which graduates to a peak over a period of 15-18 minutes.

Like many chiropractic treatments, spinal decompression therapy is delivered on a table but the difference with this particular therapy is that you’re strapped into a harness that goes around your lower back and everything is computer-controlled by your chiropractor. When your spine is stretched by machine, fluid fills the discs that have been losing fluid which repairs your spinal discs.

Benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy

Most modern humans spend a lot of time sitting and that can lead to the spine compressing, wearing down the spinal discs, and degenerating over time. Decompressing the spine makes the spine less susceptible to this degeneration and breakdown and that’s just one of the benefits of spinal decompression therapy.

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require any medication and isn’t very time-consuming. It also gets fast results and many patients experience pain relief after their first session. That’s much faster than any kind of spinal surgery and it doesn’t have the recovery time associated with surgery either. 

What does decompression treat?

Bulging discs

Spinal discs that have been pushed outside of their usual space in the spinal canal can put pressure on nearby nerves, causing localized pain or pain in other areas of your body. Left untreated, a bulging disc is likely to eventually rupture.

Herniated discs

Spinal discs that crack and leak some of their soft interior gel have ruptured, or herniated. The gel from a herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves, and may even cause a burning sensation that radiates from your lower back into your legs.

Degenerative discs

Discs that are affected by age-related degeneration may have low fluid or tears in their tough outer shell. They may also lead to the development of painful bone spurs that impinge on your spinal nerves.

An effortless, gradual process

Spinal decompression therapy is done on a motorized table. The upper half of the table remains fixed, while the lower half moves when it’s activated by a highly specialized computer. Your personal treatment protocol is based on a variety of factors, ranging from your body weight and spinal condition to the duration of your symptoms and your level of sensitivity.   

To treat a disc problem that’s affecting your lower back, we fit a harness comfortably around your hips and attach the other end to the table, near your feet. After activating the table, the lower portion gently slides back and forth, slowly lengthening your spine and alleviating pressure.

During this slow, gentle treatment, you’ll feel your spine being alternately stretched and relaxed. Because the computer system continuously monitors your spinal resistance as well as any involuntary “guarding” response your body may have, it’s able to adjust the force as needed to keep you relaxed and help prevent muscle spasms.

Although spinal decompression is generally considered gentle and relaxing, patients with extensive disc trauma may experience mild discomfort during their first few treatment sessions. If you ever feel uncomfortable during the procedure, a patient safety switch allows you to stop the treatment at any point.

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