Spinal Decompression Therapy Explained

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Spinal decompression therapy is a type of non-surgical treatment to address spinal issues. This treatment requires manipulation and stretching of the spine to restore mobility and reduce recurring pain.

Spinal decompression therapy is comprised of a series of methods, each one geared towards addressing specific spinal conditions. For example, traction method works by stretching the spine to reduce muscle spasms and stiffness. This method also helps close the spaces between the vertebras.

Traction method works by tricking the para-spinal muscles into loosening during the process. The patient is hooked on a computerized decompression table to track the progress of the treatment. When the spaces between the vertebras close, the herniated disk returns to its natural position, thereby reducing pain and restoring mobility.

How Spinal Decompression Works

The patient will be assisted to lie down on a computerized decompression table and then fitted with a support system to stabilize the body.  The table automatically adjusts the patient’s position into the proper angle. At this point, the practitioner will coax problematic spinal disc back to its natural position. The table then simulates anti-gravity effect on the spine to reduce spinal disc pressure and pain. The treatment also boosts the body’s ability to heal itself, supplying the spinal disks with nutrients and blood.

Spinal decompression therapy makes a great treatment for:

Herniated or Bulging Discs
Degenerative Disc Disease
Post-surgical Patients
Facet Syndrome
Spinal Stenosis

Benefits of the Spinal Decompression Therapy


Apart from easing spinal pain and correcting herniated disc, spinal decompression therapy is also a great treatment for lower back pain, neck pain, and even body pain. Spinal decompression is also used to treat arthritis and leg pain.

Virtually Painless

The treatment itself is generally painless. And the results are felt almost immediately. In fact, some patients claim to feel immediate pain relief on the first session. However, a patient must complete a series of treatments to achieve long-lasting results. On average, spinal decompression takes about 18 to 20 sessions. The treatment is also used in conjunction with light exercise, physical therapy and other chiropractic methods to boosts its efficacy. Studies show that spinal decompression treatments may help strengthen the spine, protecting it from future injuries.

Reduces the Need for Spinal Surgery

Spinal surgery is a complex, lengthy process and the risks are unimaginable. Spinal decompression may reduce the need for spinal surgery and other invasive procedures. This treatment may also minimize the need to take prescription medications, saving you thousands of dollars in health care cost. The same thing goes for spinal surgeries, which cost thousands of dollars. Generally, non-surgical spinal treatments like spinal decompression are cheaper than spinal surgery.

Unlike pain medication, spinal decompression does not mask the pain nor cause discomforts and side effects. In fact, spinal decompression has very little reported side effects, if any at all.

FDA-Approved Treatment

The US Food and Drug Administration approved spinal decompression as an effective method to treating pain associated with herniated disc or bulging disc. However, completing a full spinal decompression treatment does not guarantee lifelong freedom from pain. You can maintain the health of the spine through occasional physical therapy and light exercise.