Spinal decompression is an advanced, safe, drug free procedure that may help you find relief from low back or neck pain.
What conditions can spinal decompression help with?
Spinal decompression effectively manages spinal disc injuries, compression or irritation to the nerves of your spine (ex. Sciatica) and degenerative arthritic changes involving the facet joints.
Throughout our daily activities of sitting for periods, repeatedly lifting items, carrying grocery bags, bending, twisting, moving furniture, running etc., our spine has pressure put on it. This pressure builds up over time and can injure a disc or lead to degenerative changes of the spine. The gel-like substance of the disc loses its hydration and/or can be pushed through a tear, leading to a disc bulge. This bulge can then compress one of the nerves existing the spine leading to numbness in tingling, either in the legs or hands. The nerve has essentially become pinched. Once your nerve becomes pinched, it becomes swollen, which creates even less space for the nerve, and causes more compression and pain. Damaged discs are difficult to treat, as they are under constant pressure while we are moving around, and even when we are at rest.
How does spinal decompression work?
Decompression or traction is an effective way to unload the spine, take the pressure off of a nerve, and re-hydrate the disc. The gentle pull of spinal decompression creates a negative pressure, which reduces the intradiscal pressure of the disc, and causes fluid and nutrients to re-enter into the disc. This will help the disc to heal, and some studies even report a reduction of the disc bulge or herniation, which often also relieves the pressure on the pinched nerve.