Spinal Decompression Therapy is the highly effective, non-surgical treatment of common complaints including sciatica, slipped discs, lower back pain and neck pain. Using a specially adapted traction bench gentle and repetitive pressure is applied to the damaged intervertebral disc or spinal problem that is putting pressure on the spinal nerve causing the pain. This gentle movement reduces pain by releasing the restricted joint and aids the healing of the damaged disc.
Unlike other forms of back care there is no manipulation or twisting involved in this treatment making it suitable for patients that don't respond well to treatment like chiropractic or physiotherapy. The treatment benches are set up to precisely target the problem area whilst the patient lies on the bench, generally lying on their back.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is accompanied with lifestyle advice and advice on exercises with the aim of restoring normal spinal health and function.
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
Spinal Decompression uses state of the art technology to apply a distraction force to relieve nerve compression often associated with low back pain and sciatica. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, not to be confused with linear traction, slowly lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressures within the discs. This reversal of pressure creates an intradiscal vacuum that helps to reposition bulging discs and pull extruded disc material back into place, taking pressure off pinched nerves. Spinal experts believe that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing.
What are the Treatments like?
At the beginning of each session, you will be comfortably fitted with a harness designed to achieve optimal decompression of the low back or neck. During a session of spinal decompression you will notice a slow lengthening of your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and relieved of pressure. The treatment process is safe and relaxing. While some patients with extensively injured discs have reported mild discomfort during the first few treatment sessions, their discomfort subsides upon subsequent visits. A patient safety switch provides an extra safety feature, allowing you to stop at any point should you feel discomfort. Each treatment session lasts approximately 12-15 minutes.
What is the Typical Treatment Protocol?
A typical spinal decompression treatment protocol consists of between 10- 18 sessions over four to six weeks. Some conditions require fewer visits; some require more. Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions, and most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed treatment program.
Why is Spinal Decompression Different from Traction, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic Manipulation?
While traction, physiotherapy and manipulation may reduce disc pressures to as low as 40 mm Hg, only spinal decompression has been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression creates negative pressures as low as -110 mm Hg3 within the injured disc during the treatment session. Normally, pulls exerted on the spine trigger sensory receptors in the back to tighten the muscles surrounding the vertebrae and discs in an effort to protect them from injury. Spinal Decompression bypasses this response by slowly pulling on the spine and relaxing the back over an extended period of time, allowing the discs to be re-positioned without tension and without causing spasm and muscle guarding.
Is it true that Research has shown up to 88.9% Success Rate for Spinal Decompression?
Yes! More than 10 research articles have shown success rates for spinal decompression therapy to be between 80% and 90% for individuals suitable for treatment.