More and more people are foregoing back surgery to give spinal decompression a try. Spinal decompression is a gentle and non-invasive alternative to more aggressive treatments used to treat chronic pain. It works by…
- dropping intradiscal pressure to as low as -192mm Hg
- widening the spinal canal foraminal area by 28%
- reducing pressure on the spinal nerves
- returning motion to the spinal joints
. When performed successfully, spinal decompression can provide effective relief for…
- disc herniation
- a slipped disc
- a ruptured disc
- facet syndrome
- other conditions
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for spinal decompression?
Back decompression is not for everyone, and you may not be a candidate for treatment if you have metal rods in your back or are prone to fractures. However, it is a much more conservative treatment option than surgery is. If you are considering back surgery, contact your chiropractor first to find out if you could benefit from spinal decompression therapy.
What should I expect during spinal decompression treatment?
During your back decompression treatment, you will lie on your stomach while the physician applies gentle pressure to the vertabrea above the affected area while he manually distracts the spine. The effect is similar to the feeling you get in your back when you hang upside down. The tugging encourages your vertebrae to separate, relieving pressure on discs and nerves.
Do I need to follow any special instructions following my treatment?
Back decompression typically requires multiple visits to achieve noticeable results. To maximize your chances of success with decompression, abide by the treatment schedule prescribed by your chiropractor.