80% of North Americans experience pain in the back or neck, it can recur and become disruptive in your daily life. Some will even believe that it’s impossible to find a cure. But with spinal decompression therapy, patients can expect the pain to lessen or dissipate completely!
What Is Spinal Decompression and How Does It Work?
Non-surgical spinal decompression involves stretching out the spine and relaxing it intermittently on a traction table. By decompressing the structures in the spine, the force and position of the spine change, taking pressure off the spinal disks. Bulging or herniated disks may retract as a result, which will lessen the pressure on the nerves and other spinal structures. Movement of water,oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids will also improve, allowing the disks to heal.
Many decompression systems are operated with a computer, allowing the health care provider to adjust traction force, angle of traction or the amount of time. Some will require you to lie on your back while others require you to lie on your stomach. The procedure will last up to 45 minutes and may require 15 to 30 treatments over four to seven weeks.
Electric stimulation, ultrasound, and cold or heat therapy may be applied before or after the procedure.
What Can Spinal Decompression Treat?
Spinal decompression is usually targeted towards people who have one or more of the following conditions:
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Spinal Stenosis
- Herniated and/or bulging discs
- Degenerative disc disease
Who Shouldn’t Get Treatment?
Patients with any condition that may compromise the integrity of the spine or require blood thinner medications are not good candidates. Anyone with the following conditions are also not good candidates:
- Broken vertebrae
- Anyone who has had spinal fusion
- An artificial disk or other implants in the spine
- Failed back surgery
In a recent study of 219 patients with herniated discs and/or degenerative disc disease, 86% of patients experienced an immediate improvement and resolution of their symptoms. 92% of patients improved overall. As decompression therapy becomes more well known the number of studies that demonstrate the efficacy of spinal decompression therapy will increase.
Spinal decompression therapy is a safe and effective treatment that can help anyone with experiencing pain. For more information, please contact us!