Spinal Decompression Therapy involves gently stretching the spine, using a traction table, or motorized device. The aim of this therapy is to relieve back, neck, or leg pain.
Spinal decompression involves using motorized traction to gently stretch the spine. It changes the force and position of the spine. The change takes pressure off the spinal disks by creating negative pressure in the disc. This causes bulging or herniated disks to retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. It also creates a lower pressure in the disc which promotes the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.
What is disc decompression?
Disc or spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment that involves using a traction table to remove pressure from nerve roots in the back, neck, or leg.
Any individual with back, neck, arm or leg pain caused by a degenerated or damaged disc may be treated with spinal decompression
Individuals suffering from conditions such as herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet syndrome, spondylosis, or even failed spinal surgery may experience significant improvements after undergoing disc decompression therapy.
Does Spinal Decompression Really Work?
Doctors use spinal decompression in an attempt to treat back or neck pain or sciatica, bulging or herniated disks or degenerative disk disease, worn spinal joints, and injured or diseased spinal nerve roots.
More research is needed to establish the effectiveness of spinal decompression. Researchers need to compare spinal decompression with other alternatives to surgery to know how effective it is.
Research shows that 86% of ruptured disc patients had good or excellent results using decompression therapy. 75% of patients with facet arthrosis experienced significant improvements.
How long does it take to recover from spinal decompression surgery?
It will take about 4 to 6 weeks for you to fully recover and reach your expected level of mobility and function from spinal decompression surgery.
What are the side effects of spinal decompression?
The common risks associated with spinal decompression surgery include:
- Recurrent or continuous symptoms
- Blood clots
- Allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Leakage of cerebrospinal fluid
- Nerve or tissue damage
- Rare cases of death
What is the success rate of spinal decompression?
Studies on spinal decompression indicate between a 71-90% success rate.
How do I decompress my lower back?
You can decompress your lower back by doing some certain exercises. Here are some exercises you can do at home to decompress your lower back:
- Overhead stretch: During an overhead stretch, stand up straight with your feet and shoulder wide apart. Raise your arms over your head, straighten your elbows, and point your fingers towards the ceiling. Remain in this position for 30 seconds. Repeat it for 3 or more times.
- Cat stretch: The cat stretch helps to increase circulation in your spine and also strengthen the muscles surrounding your spine. To do the cat stretch, kneel on your knees with your two hands on the floor just like a cat. Then, start with a flat, neutral spine, lengthening from your tailbone to the crown of your head. Slowly arch your back, and drop your head down between your arms, breathing deeply. Slowly reverse into the opposite of a “C” curve and breathe out while taking your stomach and back inward toward the floor. Tilt your head and pelvis upward. Remain in this position for 30 seconds and repeat it for at least 10 times.
- Child’s pose: The child’s pose helps to open up and elongate your spine. Slowly sit back on your heels with the tops of your feet on the floor. Spread your knees slightly wider than your torso. Lay your torso down in between your knees so that you can get a deep bend in your lower back. On your bending position, straighten out your both arms over your head and place your palms on the floor. Remain in this position for 30 seconds, and then take your hands to your left side and hold for another 30 seconds. Take your both hands to your right side and hold for another 30 seconds. You can repeat this for as many times as possible.
- Hanging: A hang may decompress and stretch out your spine. If you sit often or need to stretch out a sore back, hanging may be beneficial for you. You can hand on a crossbar with your arms straight for 30 seconds to one minute. You can do this before or after your workout to get the best results.
How long should you decompress your spine?
On average, daily sessions of 20-30 treatments is necessary for healing to occur. Patients with herniated discs generally respond to decompression therapy within 20 sessions. Patients with degenerated discs may need ongoing decompression therapy at regulated intervals to relieve pain.
Decompression therapy may last for 30 to 45 minutes a session. You may require 20 to 30 sessions over five to seven weeks depending on your condition and recovery rate.
How do you decompress your spine while sleeping?
You can decompress your spine while sleeping by lying on your side, and flex your hips approximately 30 degrees. Bend your knees to 30 degrees. Place a pillow underneath your neck. You can also place a thin pillow between your knees. This will help keep your hips parallel during the night as you sleep and make you feel more comfortable.