Spinal decompression is a modern, nonsurgical procedure in which the spine is stretched using a traction table or other similar device, and it is an alternative to surgical spinal decompression. Spinal decompression is an effective method for treating pain in the lower back, neck, legs or arms. However, it is often most successful when used to relieve pain associated with spinal disc herniation.
Spinal decompression therapy stretches the spine to relieve pressure from discs and surrounding inflamed soft tissues. Healing is accelerated by improving blood flow and allowing nutrients to reach the area more quickly.
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How does it work?
Spinal decompression therapy stretches and relaxes the spine in a controlled manner to relieve pain associated with various types of herniated, bulging and degenerating discs. This method is offered by chiropractors and a variety of other trained health professionals.
Spinal decompression promotes retraction and repositioning of the bulging disc material by creating negative intradiscal pressure. It also helps lower disc pressure, improving the flow of healing nutrients into the disc.
What happens during a session?
During a session, the patient remains clothed and lies down on a motorized table. The doctor puts a harness around the patient’s hips and attaches it to the lower portion of the table which moves. The upper portion of the table does not move, while the bottom half slides back and forth intermittently to provide traction. Patients will feel a stretch in the spine, but they should not experience pain.
Is it right for you?
Spinal decompression can be used to treat various kinds of lower back and leg pain as well as neck pain caused by herniated, bulging and degenerating discs. However, it is not always an appropriate treatment method for some patients.
Pregnant women, patients with broken vertebrae, those who have had spinal fusion or patients with artificial spine implants are not advised to do spinal decompression. Additionally, patients who have had failed back surgery or those who have conditions like osteoporosis, spinal stenosis or any other condition that compromises the spine are not good candidates for this type of therapy.
At Dacula Chiropractic and Primary Care, we partner with you to determine the most ideal treatment method to alleviate your pain. Give us a call to see which technique is best suited for your condition.