With the number of people suffering from chronic pain increasing at a rapid rate, we are also seeing the emergence of more treatment methods as part of the pain management of these numerous medical conditions. Although not exactly new, the use of nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy has been gaining popularity in recent years. Here is an overview of spinal decompression therapy in order to be acquainted with this treatment method.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy may be defined as a treatment option that involves the stretching of the spine, using a traction table or other similar devices, with the objective of relieving chronic pain such as back pain and leg pains and those that may be due to discs that have bulged, herniated, or degenerated. This therapy uses the same principle used in spinal traction that is commonly applied by chiropractors and osteopaths.
It is believed that that the use of traction therapy on the spine may create a negative intradiscal pressure that promotes the retraction and repositioning of the bulging or herniated disc. Furthermore, this procedure may lower the pressure in the disc that will result to the penetration of healing nutrients and other beneficial substances to the disc.
What are the Conditions Treated by Spinal Decompression Therapy?
It has been claimed by practitioners of spinal decompression therapy that this treatment options can be applied to a multitude of medical conditions that are usually associated with pain and discomfort. This has been quite popular for those with back and neck pains, including the common sciatica. Other conditions where spinal decompression may find application are those that involves bulging or herniated discs, worn spinal joints, and any injured or diseased spinal nerve roots.
What is a Typical Spinal Decompression Therapy Session?
In a typical spinal decompression therapy session, a patient lies on a motorized table, either in a prone or supine position, with the lower half free to make any movements. A harness is then attached around the hips to provide stability during the actual procedure. A part of the table is then operated to make a back and forth movement to provide the required traction.
Are There any Contraindications to the Use of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
While this method of treatment is generally safe, this may not be advisable to some patients. Pregnant women should not undergo this kind of treatment. The same holds true for patients who may have broken vertebrae, spinal fusion, and who have undergone back surgeries. Patients who are suffering from existing serious medical conditions should not be included in spinal decompression therapy.