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Understand the Value of Spinal Decompression Treatment

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Many suffer from pains that may involve the back, arms and legs that are usually due to a nerve compression that is caused by a spinal disc injury. Spinal decompression treatment is a valuable form of intervention that helps relieve the symptoms caused by a disc compression. We have a high success rate in alleviating Neck Pain and Back Pain.

What is a spinal decompression treatment?

A spinal decompression treatment is a non-surgical approach in the treatment of compressed discs. The spinal column serves as a supporting structure at the back and in between the vertebrae are discs that mainly act as a cushion to absorb the load applied to the vertebral column. Once the discs are compressed or bulges out between the vertebrae it can cause nerve impingement which in turn will produce neurological symptoms. In order to relieve these symptoms it is important to decompress the impingement of the nerve from the disc. Poor posture, repetitive stress and physical injury are the common causes of a compressed disc or a herniated disc.

Spinal decompression is a form of corrective treatment that is FDA approved as an alternative therapy for disc compression. Its aim is to decompress the spine to relieve the disc from too much load and nerve impingement. The spinal decompression therapy provides relief from the symptoms caused by a herniated disc, pinched nerve, sciatica, pain in the neck, back, arms and legs and degenerative disc diseases.

What are the spinal decompression techniques?

The spinal decompression technique is carried out on a decompression table where the patient will be safely strapped securely. As the patient lies on the table it will move in a graduated manner to apply distraction forces along the spinal structures. The movement of the table is controlled by a computer that allows the distraction forces to be applied on cycles of partial relaxation and distraction. The distraction force will gently decompress the spine to relieve the compressed discs between vertebra.

A vacuum effect is produced by the distraction force that induces a retraction of the bulging, herniated or compressed disc to go back to its normal position in between the vertebra. The decompression cycle consisting of positioning, decompression and relaxation induces water diffusion and brings oxygen and nutrient rich fluids to nourish the disc that promotes healing of damaged disc fibers. This helps the disc to reshape and heal more efficiently.

Is spinal decompression safe?

Spinal decompression treatment is a safe non-invasive therapy approved by the FDA. The machines used for this therapy are accredited and pass the standards required from physical therapy machine manufacturers. Clinical studies of the effectiveness of the spinal decompression technique showed 90% reduction of disc herniation as shown from the MRI result.

Considerations for spinal decompression treatment

The decompression therapy is not for everyone. It is not indicated for severely obese individuals, patients with osteoporosis, those with metal implants in the spine and patients with fractures. Your physician will be able to identify whether you are a good candidate for the treatment or a high risk patient. Patients undergoing the treatment may often experience soreness which is the reason why they need to undergo electrical stimulation, erchonia cold laser and ice therapy after each session. Spinal decompression treatment is sometimes not covered by insurance policies so it is best to inquire from your insurance provider whether it is covered or not.