Also known as non-surgical decompression therapy, this treatment method has helped thousands of people get rid of their ache and pains. It makes use of a traction table attached to a motorised device. The basic aim is to relieve neck, back and leg pain.
The basic idea is to make use of the same methods used by chiropractors, osteopaths and other trained professions. Using manual adjustments to align the spine. When the spine is properly aligned the body works better and there are no aches and pain. This method works well for people who are suffering from bulging or herniated disc.
How does spinal decompression therapy work?
The traction therapy creates a negative pressure between the discs, this causes the disc to retract and come back to its original position. It also helps create a region of low pressure in the disc which allows the nutrients to flow in and cause healing.
The person is asked to lie down on the traction table. The spine is then stretched and relaxed in a controlled manner. This continuous motion pulls the herniated material back into the disc and allows the healing nutrients to gain page into the inflamed space and promote proper healing.
What can you expect at your first session?
You would be asked a detailed history about your pain with spinal decompression therapy. Once the history is taken you would be asked to lie down clothed on a traction table. A harness would be placed around the hips which is then attached near the legs or the end of the table. This can help secure the person firmly. The upper part of the table remains fixed while the lower part is moveable. It is moved back and forth to provide relaxation and movement to the lower area of the body. When the therapy is administered patients shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort. Although they may feel a certain stretch but that is only to bring relief to the affected areas.
A session can last anywhere from thirty to forty five minutes. In order for healing to occur, it is advised that patients follow up on all the sessions suggested by their chiropractor. These sessions can last around four to six weeks. The cost of each session can vary from a mere $30 to $200. It all depends on who you are visiting or consulting.
Along with traction there would be additional treatment methods which would include electrical stimulation, ultrasounds and hot and cold compress therapies. Patients are suggested to up their water intake and also follow a certain diet and exercise plan. This can help in pain relief and promote faster healing.
Who can benefit from spinal decompression therapy?
People who suffer from any type of lower back pain, neck pain or sciatica can benefit from this therapy. However not everyone can benefit from traction or stretching the spine. People who have broken vertebrae, pregnant women or patient with serious back issues. Before seeking therapy it is always better to get advice from your physician.