The application of spinal decompression to curing back pain

The application of spinal decompression to curing back pain

The therapy of Spinal Decompression involves the stretching of the spine, with the aim of relieving leg pain and/or back pain, making use of the traction table or a similar motorized device.

This procedure is known as nonsurgical decompression therapy (compared to surgical spinal decompression, such as microdiscectomy and laminectomy).

Theory of Spinal Decompression

The same basic principle of spinal traction is employed in spinal decompression devices. It has been offered by osteopaths, chiropractors, and so many other appropriately trained health professionals over the years.

Spinal decompression therapy is a kind of traction therapy that is applied to the spine in order to serve several theoretical benefits including:

  • To create a negative intradiscal pressure to aid in promoting retraction of the herniated or bulging disc material.
  • To create a lower pressure that will create an influx of healing nutrients and other substances in the disc.

The treatment is carried out by making the patient stand with his/her back against an upright table. Special harness are connected around the patient’s chest and pelvis. The table is then lowered slowly to make the patient lay flat.

It is important that patients remain tolerant during the course of the therapy. Spinal decompression is not for all people with low back pain. It is mainly for someone with a bulging or herniated disk, sciatica, degenerative disease, or facet syndrome. Many patients are trying to get themselves to a point where they can function. It is important for them to know that there is always another option.