Spinal Decompression Explained
June 13, 2017
Spinal decompression is a surgery-free method of treating sciatica and chronic lower back pain. It involves the use of a table-like device as well as various straps and harnesses to gently stretch your back and heal your painful spinal discs. It is an all natural, non-invasive procedure which is easy on patients and has no negative side-effects. Spinal decompression has an 80% success rate of reducing back pain by 85% or more.
Spinal decompression is often used to treat back pain caused by a problem with a disc in your spine. A healthy disc has a gelatinous center held in place by a strong network of fibers that keep your back strong and flexible. Herniated or bulging discs occur when these fibers are weakened or torn, which enables the center of the disc to push itself backward against a nerve in your spinal cord. This can cause muscle spasms and severe pain. Healthy discs are also filled with fluid which keeps them nice and tall. Degenerated discs are similar to dried-out kitchen sponges in that they have lost their fluid which leaves them shrunken and brittle. Spinal decompression treats both herniated or bulging discs and degenerated discs as well as pain caused by failed back surgeries and more.
During a spinal decompression procedure, the patient begins in a standing up position. The area of discomfort is targeted as the patient is hooked up to the harnessing system. The table will then carefully lay the patient down into a horizontal position and slowly and gently stretch apart the spinal column in the targeted area. In doing so, a negative pressure is created on the disc, allowing fluid to reach it and enabling any bulges or herniations to move back to the center of the disc.
To those with severe back pain, this procedure can seem intimidating, but most patients find relief from their pain as soon as they lie down on the spinal decompression table. The treatment lasts about 30 minutes. Some find it relaxing, and many fall asleep, as this is the first time they’ve been comfortable in a long time.
Because spinal decompression is non-invasive, this procedure is good for those who do not want to or have been told not to undergo surgery. It is also a treatment for back pain that does not include the aid of narcotics and other drugs. While some people are not good candidates for this treatment, such as pregnant women or those who have undergone spinal fusion surgeries, spinal decompression is the smart option for those looking to find long-term relief from their chronic back pain.