What is Decompression Therapy?
Nonsurgical decompression therapy utilizes motorized traction to relieve back pain.
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
It works by stretching the spine by changing the position of it. It takes pressure off of the disks in the spine. The gel-like cushions located in between the spinal disks change pressure during decompression therapy and create negative pressure. This results in the herniated or bulging disks retracting and taking pressure off of the nerves and other components of a patient's spine. Ultimately, this promotes and optimizes the flow of nutrients, oxygen, and fluid to each disk, which assists the disks in healing.
What Conditions Does it Treat?
Decompression therapy helps treat conditions that cause pain in the neck and back. It helps treat sciatica, which causes tingling, weakness and pain that radiates from the lower back throughout the legs. It treats bulging, herniated or degenerated disks. It aids in reducing pain in the spinal joints due to wear and tear. Additionally, a chiropractor may use it to treat injured or diseased spinal nerve roots.
How is Decompression Therapy Performed?
The chiropractor will allow the patient to keep his or her clothes on. The doctor then places a harness around the patient's pelvis. Another goes around the patient's trunk. The chiropractor will then place the patient lying face up or face down. The chiropractor uses a computer to control the table and provide a treatment that caters to the patient's needs and condition.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
Generally, the treatment lasts between 30 to 45 minutes.
How Many Treatments Does It Take?
It requires anywhere from 20 to 28 treatments that are usually given over a five to seven-week treatment, meaning patient's receive anywhere from three to five treatments per week.
Will the Doctor Prescribe Other Treatments at the Same Time?
The chiropractor may recommend other noninvasive procedures such as electrical stimulation, heat, and cold therapy or ultrasound therapy.