Spinal decompression therapy, also known as nonsurgical decompression therapy, involves stretching the vertebrae of the spine using a motorized device, such as a traction table. The aim of this type of therapy is to relieve pain in the back or legs caused by pinched nerves. It is an alternative option to surgery.
How Does Decompression Therapy Work?
This form of therapy works by gently stretching the spine to change its alignment and the forces compressing the vertebrae. This can remove pressure from the spinal discs which can to alleviate pain. Decompression therapy can result in the retraction of bulging discs, which will take the pressure off surrounding nerves. This can also help to increase the flow of oxygen water and other fluids to the damaging disk, promoting healing.
Decompression therapy may be used to treat the following conditions:
- damaged spinal nerve roots
- back or neck pain
- herniated discs
- degenerative disk disease
- worn spinal joints
What to Expect from Spinal Decompression Therapy
During a decompression therapy session you will remain fully clothed. Your physician will place a harness around your trunk and another one around your pelvis. You will lie face up or face down on a specially designed table. The physician will operate a computer which controls the movements of the table to suit your needs. A treatment session typically lasts around 30-45 minutes.
You may have other forms of therapy in combination with spinal decompression therapy, such as:
- heat or cold therapy
- electrical stimulation
You should avoid spinal decompression therapy is you are suffering from:
- a fracture
- a tumor
- advanced osteoporosis
- abdominal aortic aneurysm
- or if you have any metal implants in your spine.
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