Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression Therapy
0 29 November 2014

Spinal decompression therapy involves placing traction to the spine to reduce pressure in the spinal canal. Spinal decompression therapy is often indicated for back pain, sciatica, herniated discs and radiculopathy (injury of nerve roots in the spine).

There are many devices used to perform spinal decompression therapy, from simple mechanical devices to computer-controlled ones. Only have spinal decompression therapy from qualified medical professionals for your safety.

How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?

Spinal decompression therapy is mainly indicated for problems in the spinal column. Some common conditions involving the spinal column  include back pain, sciatica and degenerative disc disease, injuries in the roots of the nerves in the spinal cord and worn spinal joints.

Our spine carries a great deal of weight because it supports the entire upper body and maintains posture. Problems in the spine tend to increase pressure in the spinal canal, which contains the spinal cord, and cause symptoms like pain and paresthesia (pins and needles sensation).

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Putting pressure on the spine can help treat spine problems in several ways. In case of slipped or herniated discs, reduced pressure allows the problematic spinal disc to slip back into place, or reduce deformation in case of herniation. Reduced pressure also allows more circulation of blood that delivers healing factors and oxygen to injured areas for faster recovery.

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy Done?

Doctors often prescribe spinal decompression therapy along with other measures to treat problems in the spine. A specialized machine is always used for spinal decompression therapy, which applies traction using mechanical means or through computers. The practitioner first examines the patient and reviews medical history. The amount of force used in the traction depends on the patient’s presentation, age and body build.

To start, you will have to lie supine (face down or up) on the traction machine. The practitioner puts straps or harness around your hips and another around your trunk. You will be conscious throughout the procedure.

The traction can be continuous, intermittent, or progressive depending on your case. Computer-aided traction machines are preferable because they precisely put your spine into traction. The practitioner remains with you as he or she operates the machine. Spinal decompression therapy can last for 30 minutes to an hour per session. Since spinal decompression therapy lasts around an hour, you need to have 20 to 28 sessions a week to fully decompress the spine. Spinal decompression therapy is non-invasive and is very safe when performed by a licensed practitioner.

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