What is spinal decompression and how does it work?

A human body doesn’t always heal itself quickly when something is wrong. The majority of Americans suffer from low back pain – 31 million of them experience it at any given time. They may find temporary relief from symptoms, but they are not seeking long-term healing when they seek treatment.

Chronic back pain caused by bulging, degenerating, herniated, or degenerative discs can be alleviated with the use of a spinal decompression table. It is possible that traditional traction methods and even spinal surgery have been used in the past to treat this type of pain, which appears as back and neck pain as well as further pain in the arms and legs. 

Computerized sensors can be used to provide stretching actions on the spine and promote the healing process on a spinal decompression table in these cases.

Let us explore more about spinal decompression. 

What is the science behind Spinal decompression?

In spinal decompression therapy, a motorized, computer-facilitated traction table is used to lengthen and stretch your spine mechanically. It uses the same chiropractic principles that underlie hands-on spinal adjustments.

In addition to relieving pressure on the spine, the therapy aims to promote proper healing of bulging, ruptured, slipped, or degenerating discs in the spine.  

How does it work?

Decompression of the spine relieves nerve pressure

Decompression tables gently move your spine into a proper position as you lie on them. As a result, the pressure that pushes your spinal discs out of position is removed, preventing nearby nerves from being pinched by these discs.

How does that affect you? Negative pressure in the discs of the spine can reduce pain and inflammation in your body in many cases.

Your back may feel numb and tingly if your discs are not aligned properly. You may suffer from sharp pains that shoot down your legs, thighs, hips, and feet if your discs are misaligned. Other symptoms include tingling, numbness, and pain. In order to prevent and decrease these issues, herniated or bulging discs need to be moved away from nearby nerves.

Spinal Surgery Can Be Prevented With Decompression Therapy.

Many patients turn to therapeutic injections when chiropractic treatment and physical therapy do not work. Patients may fear surgery if injections do not provide long-term relief, so they may end up considering surgery.

Patients who undergo spinal decompression therapy may be able to postpone or prevent spinal surgery, such as spinal fusion surgeries or discectomy surgeries. Interestingly, this nonsurgical treatment relieves back pain for many of our patients. Although ongoing treatment is typically required for optimal benefits, some patients report relief after just one treatment session.

Herniated discs can be repositioned in their intended position with decompression therapy, which gently stretches your spine. It is possible that you don’t need surgery if your body doesn’t reject these changes.

You may heal your spine from chronic pain with decompression therapy.

Spinal decompression treats chronic pain as well as acute flare-ups. Rather than merely treating symptoms, the treatment addresses the cause. Consequently, the body can heal itself without invasive surgery.

When bulging discs are retracted, oxygen and other nutrients can more readily reach the spinal region. By reducing swelling and inflammation, these nutrients assist your body in healing damaged nerves and muscles. 

Inflammation frequently contributes to spinal pain, so lowering inflammation reduces misaligned spine symptoms as well.