Spinal Decompression Therapy – Things to Know

Spinal decompression therapy is a FDA approved non-invasive, non-surgical treatment for certain kinds of chronic back pain and neck pain. It is very effective and safe for various backbone related problems such as slipped discs, disc bulge, spinal stenosis, sciatica, spondylolisthesis and others without the risks that are associated with anesthesia, surgery, injections, infection or prescribed medicine. This therapy works by stretching the spine slowly and gently by taking off the pressure from the vertebrae and compressed discs and it facilitate the transfer of nutrients, oxygen and fluids back to the disc. This therapy is been widely recognized to be very effective by the general medical practitioners and chiropractors.

The spinal decompression therapy is done primarily using traction that is been generated by the traction machine. The traction machine is like a table or a regular inclining platform with rollers or variety of attachments. The basic idea of this therapy is to relieve the pressure from the spinal column and to induce pressure on the individual areas for setting the dislocated disc. The machines that are controlled by computer are used for applying a traction force in order to reduce the pressure between the discs. This therapy is worked on the principle that when the force is applied to the lumbar spine then it creates a negative pressure in the center. It then creates a vacuum which moves the slipped disc and lowers the nerve compression.

Before the treatment, the patients are evaluated in order to determine if they are the candidate. Their x-rays, medical history MRI/CT scans are reviewed carefully. If a person is a candidate for the therapy then an individual treatment plan is been created for their specific needs. The typical plan is between 10 to 30 treatments. It is important for the patient to complete their treatment plan even if they start improving early.

During each session, the patients experience multiple cycle of treatment which take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete. It takes about 3 to 5 minutes between each cycle. The equipment that is used for this type of therapy is been designed to apply precisely-controlled tension along the axis of the spinal column that creates decompression on the intervertebral discs. This therapy helps to restore proper functioning of the injured disc which is done by the help of a Decompression Table. The injured discs are stretched gently apart during the pull that produces a suction force inside the disc.