If you have lasting back pain and other related symptoms you know how disruptive to your life it can be, which is why people are turning to nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy. This can be a successful, non-surgical alternative treatment for relieving low back, neck pain, and radiating arm and leg pain.
What Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction to help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine taking pressure off the spinal discs and joints by creating negative pressure. As a result, bulging or herniated discs often retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine.
Doctors and physical therapists have used nonsurgical spinal decompression in an attempt to treat:
Back or neck pain or sciatica
Bulging or herniated discs or degenerative disc disease
Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome)
Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
How Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Done?
You are fully clothed during spinal decompression therapy. You are either face down or face up on a computer-controlled table. A therapist operates the computer, customizing treatment to your specific needs.
Treatment may last 10 to 45 minutes and be performed on multiple therapy sessions. Before or after spinal decompression therapy the therapist will also perform other treatments, such as:
Electrical stimulation (electric current that causes certain muscles to contract)
Ultrasound (the use of sound waves to generate heat and promote healing)
Heat or cold therapy