Though non-surgical spinal decompression has been around for at least 1000 years, modern day health care practitioners have found a way to administer this therapy in a manner that is both painless and effective. Here are eight reasons why non-surgical spinal decompression works:
1. The technique relieves pain, which in itself allows the patient to continue with treatment and perform their daily tasks.
2. Decompressing the spine creates a negative pressure between the disks, which are structures made of cartilage that cushion the vertebrae. This allows a bulging disc to return to its correct position. The bulging disk causes pain by pressing on the nerves in the spinal column.
3. The pressure in the back is lowered, which allows nutrients and oxygen to enter the disk and help heal it.
4. The therapy is comfortable and does not subject the patient to great mental or physical stress.
5. Because non-surgical decompression is monitored by a computer, it can provide biofeedback to the patient. This helps the patient participate more in their own healing.
6. Non-surgical decompression takes a load off of the spinal column.
7. Modern non-surgical decompression techniques no longer cause back spasms that lead to pain that makes the patient reluctant to continue treatment.
8. The therapy improves and supports the strength of the back muscles, which in turn support the spinal column.
A typical session of non-surgical spinal decompression takes about 30 to 45 minutes. The patient is placed either face-up or face-down on a motorized table attached to a computer. The table itself has two parts, and the half that supports the patient’s legs and hips is mobile. The patient’s hips are attached to this lower half via a harness, and the lower half is slowly moved back and forth to effect the decompression. Patients find the treatment supremely comfortable. There is no pain, though they experience a sense of their spinal column being stretched.
Health professionals who offer non-surgical spinal decompression recommend that patients have 15 to 28 sessions spread out over a month and a half to two months.
Non-surgical spinal decompression is recommended for people who have pain in the lumbar or cervical spine because of a herniated or degenerated disk. It’s also recommended for patients who suffer from sciatica. This is a condition where the long nerve that runs down the lower spine, into the buttocks, down the legs and into the feet is irritated or compressed and causes shooting pains along its length.
The therapy isn’t recommended for pregnant women, people who’ve had certain kinds of spinal surgery or people who’ve suffered fractures of the vertebrae.