Spinal decompression therapy is typically done on a traction table, using the same basic principal to stretch the spine that’s been employed by chiropractors for years. The main goal of the treatment is to relieve pain while promoting an optimal healing environment for degenerating, bulging, or ruptured spinal discs. It works by steadily stretching your spinal column to release stress on the discs that sit between the vertebrae of your spine. This creates negative pressure inside the discs that allows the discs to retract, which causes an influx of fluids, nutrients, and oxygen into the disc. In this way, spinal decompression therapy promotes natural healing, and is a viable alternative to surgery for those affected by disc trauma or damage.
First and foremost, spinal decompression therapy is intended to restore spinal discs to a healthy, working order. To that effect, the treatment mainly helps:
Because disc problems can cause a wide variety of symptoms, correcting a disc condition through spinal decompression can help relieve:
During spinal decompression therapy, you lie on a motorized table, the lower half of which can move. When treating disc problems in the lumbar spine, or lower back, a harness is placed around your hips and attached to the lower end of the table, near your feet. While the upper portion of the table remains fixed, the lower portion gently slides back and forth to provide traction as well as relaxation. Although the procedure itself isn’t painful, you’ll feel your spine as it’s being intermittently stretched and relaxed. Each session lasts for about 30-45 minutes, and most patients benefit from having a series of 15-30 treatments, scheduled over the course of 4-6 weeks.
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