Decompression therapy is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure that can relieve back pain resulting from many different conditions.
Non-surgical spinal decompression is achieved through the use of a mechanical traction device applied through a computer that controls the force and angle of disc distraction, which reduces the body’s natural propensity to resist external force or generate muscle spasm.
This enhanced control allows non-surgical spinal decompression tables to apply a traction force to the discs of the spinal column reducing intradiscal pressure. During the decompression phase the pressure in the disc is reduced and a vacuum type of effect is produced on the nucleus pulposis. At the same time nutrition is diffused into the disc allowing the annulus fibrosis to heal. Very rarely is the nerve root compressed from the herniated disc and usually the back and leg pain associated with these conditions is a result of irritation to the nerve root sleeve by the inflammatory chemicals that are released as a result of inflammation in the disc.
Benefits From Decompression Therapy are for Individuals suffering from:
- Protruding discs
- Spinal root impingement
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative joint disease
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet syndrome
- Posterior facet syndrome
- Compressions fracture (Healed)
- Acute facet problems
- Joint pain
- Radicular pain
- Discogenic pain
- Prolapsed discs
Non-Surgical Decompression Therapy is used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and lower back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Distraction is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. This technique of spinal decompression therapy is unloading due to distraction and positioning and has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This vacuum effect is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.
The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over 4-6 weeks the results are quite dramatic. The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.
For the lower back, the patient lies comfortably on their back on the decompression table, with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set around the lower chest. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on their back with a pair of soft rubber pads behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite comfortable and well tolerated.