Spinal decompression therapy is a safe and effective alternative therapy for chronic and acute pain relief, disc injuries, degeneration and sciatica. Anyone suffering from these conditions may be a candidate for decompression therapy; however, it is critical that each patient is fully examined by a Doctor of Chiropractic or other medical professional trained in spinal decompression.
Once the doctor establishes the patients decompression protocol, one of our highly trained staff members will set up and supervise the spinal decompression therapy. Treatment time and frequency will depend on each patients unique condition; however, each session usually lasts between 20-30 minutes. Patients usually have this treatment a few times a week with decreasing frequency as their condition improves.
How Does Spinal Decompression Help?
Spinal decompression tables reduce pain by using computerized technology to gently stretch and decompress the spine which slowly separates the vertebrae over time creating a vacuum-like effect which produces negative intradiscal pressure and space within the disc, and pulls the herniated or bulging material back into its original space. This provides an environment where the disc may get more nutrients and, as a result, repair faster and more efficiently. For example, patients who have a herniated disc in the lower back may have shooting sciatic pain down their legs. Relieving the herniated disc will reduce the pain and promote healing and repair. The ultimate goal of spinal decompression therapy is to treat the root of the patient’s chronic back, arm, neck, and/or leg discomfort.
Because it is frequently utilized as a safe, inexpensive, and highly successful alternative to spine surgery, spinal decompression therapy is also known as non-surgical decompression therapy. The distinction between surgical and non-surgical spinal decompression is critical, as surgical spinal operations are frequently viewed as a last resort, but spinal decompression therapy is a safe therapeutic option for back pain at any time.
What is the difference between Spinal Decompression Tables and Inversion Tables?
The difference between spinal decompression tables and inversion tables are that decompression tables use sensors that detect whether a patient’s muscles are resisting the stretch that the table is applying. As the muscles resist, the table lowers the pull poundage until the muscles relax, then resumes pulling. A decompression table can more efficiently relieve pressure in the spine and give relief by taking resistance into account. One of the obstacles to manual decompression or inversion tables is the body’s natural resistance to stretching, known as muscle guarding. Sensors on a decompression table can detect when the patient’s muscles are resisting the stretch and relieve the strain, allowing the patient to achieve maximum decompression.
If you are living in pain from a disc injury, degeneration or sciatica, we will work with you to find a spinal decompression treatment plan that corresponds with your body. Instead of turning to dangerous pain medications that just cover up the problem, contact us to see if spinal decompression therapy would benefit you!