What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Various kinds of disc deformities such as herniated discs or degenerative disc diseases can sometimes cause chronic lower back ache that can be treated through a non surgical, non invasive, non chiropractic treatment called spinal decompression therapy. A spinal decompression therapy tries to minimize the load on your spine and can offer effective relief from pain in the legs, arms and neck, pain in your buttocks, lower back or hips (with or without leg numbness or foot numbness). The other name for this therapy is VAX-D or vertebral axial decompression.

Conditions treated by Decompression Therapy

If your lower back pain caused by a herniated disc lasts for more than one month or if you have a six months old recurring back pain that was not cured by a back surgery, you can opt for spinal decompression therapy.

This therapy is more effective in treating facet arthropathy, soft tissue spinal stenosis, herniated discs, degenerative disc diseases, spondylosis and sciatica compared to conventional spinal surgeries.

A great thing about spinal decompression therapy is the absence of side effects which makes it safe for you. A lumbar surgery costs 10 times the cost of a decompression massage therapy, so the latter is also economical.

Causes behind herniated discs

When your spine asserts pressure on the spinal discs, your discs can herniate or bulge out leading to leg pain, arm pain, sciatica, pinched nerves and degenerative disc diseases. Usually culprits like acute injury, repetitive stress, bad body mechanics and poor posture cause your spinal discs to get compressed by the vertebrae.

They may also cause your spinal discs to slip out of their natural alignment. This will create pressure on your spinal discs. Either a herniated or bulging compressed disc will press on a nerve or it will cause restriction of nutrient flow which will impede healing.

How does it work?

A patient suffering from a condition like this will be laid down on a decompression table and the therapist will strap you to this table. The movement of the table will apply a force of distraction to the compressed disc in your spine punctuated by periods of relaxation.

The force of applied distraction is regulated by a computer. The job of this force is to gently elongate your spine, pull it apart and create a tiny empty space in between your vertebral column. This will pull your disc back into its original position and shape.

In actuality, this decompression will work in extremely minute increments, so you will have to allow time for healing. But as time marches on, the herniated disc reshapes itself thanks to the decompression therapy and this allows the nutrients as well as oxygen and water to circulate properly which prevents future injuries and combats disc brittleness. You have to give yourself 5 to 7 weeks and 20 to 28 treatments each lasting thirty to forty five minutes.

Spinal decompression therapy can effectively treat radiculopathy or diseased/injured spinal nerve roots, posterior facet syndrome or worn spinal joints and many kinds of sciatica as well as tingling in the legs or weakness.