How Can Spinal Decompression Relieve Your Back Pain

If you have been suffering from unrelenting back pain, then the only thing that hovers on your mind is getting relief from it. The pain completely destroys your peace of mind and makes it difficult for you to concentrate on anything else. As your ability to move around freely is highly impacted due to the pain, it also lowers your quality of life. While many therapies claim to offer relief from back pain, one of the most effective of all is Spinal Decompression.

Spinal Decompression Machine - Different Views - Spine Diagram

The spinal decompression therapy is a modern, non-surgical traction method that helps in alleviating the pain in the lower back, neck, arm and leg. The procedure is successful in reducing the pain experienced due to degenerative spinal discs, disc herniation, and other facet joint syndromes.

Spinal decompression therapy is offered in two ways – surgical and non-surgical. People who have been experiencing pain due to spinal injury can benefit from the nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy offered at the spinal rehabilitation centers.

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy uses motorized traction to alleviate back pain and spinal problems. It works by stretching the spine gently with a combination of exercises to reduce pain and promote mobility.

Spinal decompression helps in changing the position of the spine, which results in reducing the pressure on the spinal disks. This also aids in promoting the movement of oxygen, water and other nutrient-rich fluids to the spinal discs.

What does spinal decompression involve?

Physiotherapists use this form of treatment for back pain, herniated disks, worn spinal joints and injured spinal nerve roots. This type of treatment is offered at many spinal rehabilitation centers. You are fully clothed during this process, and the doctor will place a harness around your trunk and pelvis.

Spina Rehab Center - Spinal Decompression Machine

You will be asked to lie down on a computer-controlled bed, and the doctor will operate the computer to provide customized treatment as per your specific requirement.

This spinal decompression therapy may last for about 30-345 minutes and depending on the severity of your spinal problem you may require 20 to 28 treatments spread over a period of a month or two. The doctor may prescribe some of these treatments before or after completing the spinal decompression therapy:

  •     Ultrasound to generate heat to alleviate pain
  •     Electrical stimulation to relax the muscles
  •     Heat/cold therapy to contract and expand the nerves to release pain

Please remember that nonsurgical spinal decompression might not be a suitable treatment for every individual so ask your doctor whether or not you are a suitable candidate. Pregnant women or those who have had a fracture, tumor, abdominal pain or metal implants in the spine should avoid this therapy. When you visit a spinal rehab center, find out whether they provide spinal decompression treatment and if they do, tell them your medical history so that they can determine if you are a suitable candidate for it.