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Spinal Decompression Therapy

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Spinal decompression is an alternative therapy designed with the goal of alleviating pain and promoting healing of the intervertebral disc.
In nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy, the spine is stretched and relaxed intermittently in a controlled manner. The theory is that this process creates a negative intradiscal pressure (pressure within the disc itself), which is thought to have two potential benefits:

  • Pulls the herniated or bulging disc material back into the disk
  • Promotes the passage of healing nutrients, into the disc and fosters a better healing environment.

During spinal decompression therapy for the low back (lumbar spine), patients remain clothed and lie on a motorized table, the lower half of which can move.

  • A harness is placed around the hips and is attached to the lower table near the feet.
  • The upper part of the table remains in a fixed position while the lower part, to which the patient is harnessed, slides back and forth to provide the traction and relaxation.
  • The patient lying supine, face up

Decompression therapy typically consists of a series of 15 to 30 treatments, lasting 15 to 20 minutes each, over a four to six-week period. Sessions are conducted in the practitioner’s office.

Sessions may include additional treatment modalities, such as electric stimulation, ultrasound, and cold and/or heat therapy applied during or after the procedure.

Recommendations may also include drinking up to a half-gallon of water per day, rest, utilizing nutritional supplements, and/or performing exercises at home to improve strength and mobility.

Contraindications for Spinal Decompression Therapy
Stretching the spine to relieve back pain is not appropriate for some patients. The following groups of people are not good candidates for non-surgical spinal decompression:

  • Pregnant women
  • Patients with broken vertebrae
  • Patients who have had spinal fusion
  • Patients who have an artificial disc, or other implants, in their spine
  • Patients with failed back surgery
  • Anyone who has had multiple surgeries without recovery (pain improvement)