Spinal decompression is a non-surgical traction therapy that:
- Creates a negative intradiscal pressure in order to cause repositioning or retraction of the herniated and/or bulging discs.
- Creates a lower pressure in the disc to encourage an influx of nutrients and other substances into the disc that promotes healing.
For decompression of the lower back, a patient lies comfortably on his or her back on a decompression table. Padded straps around the waist and chest keep the patient snug against the decompression table. For neck treatments, soft rubber pads are placed behind the neck. Most patients find this treatment quite comfortable.
Why Chiropractic Spinal Decompression?
Chiropractic spinal decompression treatments accomplish the same results as targeted spinal traction in less time with fewer treatments. This treatment is often suggested for the relief of pain due to herniated or ruptured discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and in some cases for chronic headaches and neck pain. Spinal decompression is also used to alleviate pressure from pinched nerves.
Does It Replace Surgery?
Surgery for an injured disc can often be avoided with a full course of chiropractic care and decompression. The treatment is approved by the FDA and often allows a patient to avoid not only surgery but the long-term use of painkillers. Your medical history and diagnostic test results will help the doctor determine what is best for you.
How Many Treatments Does It Take to See Results?
A person should realize relief from pain after the first treatment, but a series of treatments are needed to ensure that lasting, internal healing is accomplished. In the case of herniated or compressed disc, for example, one to six treatments are generally required to reshape the disc and allow it to function normally.
Can Anyone Have These Treatments?
The majority of people can have spinal decompression treatments. It is not suitable for those with obesity, advanced osteoporosis, extensive nerve damage, or pregnancy.