Non-surgical spinal decompression is achieved through the use of a specialized, motorized traction device through an on-board computer that controls the force of disc distraction, which reduces the body’s natural propensity to resist external force and /or generate muscle spasm. The machine works by gentle stretching of the spine.
This “stretch” creates negative pressure within your spinal disc and allows disc material that was herniated or protruded to be pulled back into the disc. It also helps promote the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal.
How is Spinal Decompression different than traction?
Regular traction stretches your spine and muscles simultaneously. If you only stretch the spine, your body naturally “braces” for the next stretch reducing the ability for the treatment to be effective. This “overall stretching” commonly used in traction can also trigger painful muscle spasms.
Decompression therapy is different than conventional spinal traction, it alternates between stretching and relaxation. The relaxation stages, trick your body into staying relaxed and therefore maximizes the load and the effectiveness of the treatment.
How is Spinal Decompression Therapy done?
You are clothed during the spinal decompression therapy session for 20-30 minutes. Your healthcare provider will fit you in two harnesses when you lie down on the computer-controlled table. The computer settings are then customized to your specific condition.
Who should consider this type of therapy?
chronic low back pain associated with sciatica or radiculopathy, bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc, posterior facet syndrome
Can anyone be treated?
Spinal decompression is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. It is also not recommended if you have had spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or cages).
For most patients, spinal decompression is a safe and effective therapy. Your healthcare provider can help you to decide if spinal decompression is the right for you and your specific condition.
Will I still need other therapy?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is generally only one part of your overall treatment plan. There are other therapies that your healthcare provider may recommend to help speed your recovery. These often include: ice or heat therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments and/or active rehabilitation to strengthen spinal muscles.