The Benefits Of Spinal Decompression

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The Benefits Of Spinal Decompression

Chronic back pain is often caused by injury to the spinal discs. These little, soft gel-like cushions between the bones in the spine can become swollen, or bulge causing excruciating pain as they press on nerves.

Spinal decompression is a process that stretches the spine gently to relieve the pressure on the discs. It is a type of motorized traction, stretching the spine over time, and releasing the pressure on the discs. The bulging or herniated disc might retract, taking the pressure off the nerves, which in turn allows for the flow of oxygen, nutrient rich fluids, and water to the discs to help them heal.

The goal of decompression is to relieve pain and promote an optimal environment for herniated, degenerated, or bulging discs to heal.

For which conditions can spinal decompression help?

  • Back or neck pain causing sciatica, causing pain, weakness or tingling that extends down the leg
  • Herniated or bulging spinal discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Worn-out spinal joints
  • Diseased or injured spinal nerve roots

How does spinal non-surgical decompression work?

A harness is fitted to your pelvis and another to your trunk while you lie face down, or up on a traction table controlled by a computer operated by your doctor. Your treatment is very specific to your needs. Most patients find the treatment perfectly comfortable.

Treatments may last up to 30 to 45 minutes and you may need 20 – 28 treatments stretched over 5-7 weeks. You stay fully clothed when treated.

Spinal decompression creates a negative pressure between the spinal discs, which promotes retraction and repositioning of bulging discs. The lower pressure results in an influx of healing fluids and nutrients to the discs.

Why consider spinal decompression?

Many patients consider non-surgical decompression to avoid back surgery.

Good results are achieved for lower lumbar disc herniations and pain associated with spinal nerve pressure.

Medical research on spinal decompression is lacking, and trials on the efficacy of the treatment often don’t consider enough cases or doesn’t meet the full requirements of clinical studies.

Anecdotal evidence and patient feedback, on the other hand, is very positive.

All spinal decompression tables are traction-based. The harness is attached to a cable and pulley to provide a very gentle pull to cause the negative pressure on the damaged discs.

The table is important because it must allow proper placement of your body to achieve optimal results and ensure your comfort. Some patients find it excruciating to lie on their back. They should then have the option of laying face down. If patients still feel uncomfortable after treatment, more traction force or more treatments may be required.

Is Spinal Decompression Right for You?

To find out whether spinal decompression may help you, it would be wisest to consult a medical professional who specializes in this procedure. Provide full details of the problem you hope the treatment will relieve, and listen carefully to the feedback you receive.

Many people have found this treatment to be effective, and you may be the next person to enjoy its benefits.

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