What is spinal decompression?
Spinal Decompression is a type of treatment which uses traction to stretch the spine gently. This relieves pressure on the intervertebral disks—the soft cushions between the vertebrae. Spinal decompression uses a motorized and often computerized traction table to apply a slow, gentle, sustained stretch. This gives the disks room to decompress and improves the amount of oxygen and nutrients available to spinal tissues.
What conditions does spinal decompression treat?
Spinal Decompression is commonly used to treat bulging or herniated disks. It may also be used to relieve the pain of sciatica, degenerative disk disease, nerve impingement, and injured or diseased spinal nerves. Spinal Decompression treatment isn’t limited to these conditions, however; it can be used to treat a wide variety of back and neck pain complaints.
What happens during a treatment?
Spinal Decompression is done with the patient fully clothed. During treatment, the patient lies down on the specialized table, which is padded and comfortable. He or she is then fitted into a support system or harness, one-half of which fits around the pelvis while the other fits the trunk. The doctor then applies slow, steady traction; the angle and degree of force are customized to your individual complaint.
Am I a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy?
While Spinal Decompression therapy is safe and effective for most people, there are some conditions and situations in which it is not appropriate. If you have had at least one of the following; a spinal fusion, a broken vertebra, or if you have an artificial disk or another implant, spinal decompression may not be suitable. If you are pregnant, Spinal Decompression may not be a good option. And osteoporosis or any other condition that compromises the integrity of the spine may mean that a person is not a good candidate for this therapy.
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