Spinal Decompression Therapy
It not only works to relieve pain, but also to promote an optimal healing environment for any pain from nerve compression or damaged discs. There are two methods: manual and mechanical.
Manual – Physical therapists use their hands to position the patient into state ideal for traction and use specific manual force techniques on joints and muscles to widen the spaces between the vertebrae.
Mechanical – This therapy often uses tables that are assembled with pulleys, ropes, and slings to stretch the spine in the same way.
Several of the benefits include:
- Creating a negative intradiscal pressure to promote retraction and repositioning of the herniated or bulging discs
- Creating lower pressure in the discs and on the spine itself
- Allowing an influx of healing nutrients and other necessary substances into the disc
- Relieving muscle spasms and reversing the effects of gravity on the discs
Commonly Treated Conditions
- Bulging, degenerated, or herniated discs
- Back pain
- Leg pain
- Pinched nerves
What You Should Know
Spinal discs are avascular, which means that they cannot be self-sufficient in providing an adequate blood supply like muscles in the body are able to. When something is out of place, be it a disc or a muscle, the blood supply is inhibited. If this is the case, natural healing can take as long as 300-500 days without treatment. With Decompression Therapy, the access to the disc can be restored, which will speed healing of the of the disc by up to 71%, down to 150 days or less.
Decompression Therapy creates optimal results when used in a series of sessions, usually recommended 2-3 times per week for about 10-15 minutes each. Every individual case is different; however, most patients report relief after the first two treatments.
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