Spinal decompression is given to patients that come with the pain of back pain due to spinal compression. This therapy involves using the motorized device or a traction table to relieve back pain/leg pain.
It is entirely non-surgical therapy. Spinal decompression devices are used to provide traction offered by osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists, and other trained health professionals.
Both decompression therapy and traction are applied to relieve pain and promote optimal healing for herniated, degenerating, or bulging disc.
Benefits of Spinal Decompression:
- Creates a lower pressure in the spinal disc
- Promotes retraction or repositioning or herniated or bulging disc material
- Creates a negative intradiscal pressure
- Causes an influx of healing nutrients into the disc
Spinal Decompression therapy’s indications are relatively broad. It is usually recommended as an alternative treatment for sciatica, neck pain caused by herniated disc/bulging disc/degenerated disc and many types of lower back pain.
Some patients may not exhibit good results in stretching the spine. Some patients and conditions are highly contraindicated to spinal decompression, they are:
- Pregnant women
- Failed back surgery patients
- Age above 75+
- Patients with spinal fusion
- Broken vertebrae
- Patients with implants in the spine or artificial disc
- Osteopenia or osteoporosis
- Spinal tumor
- Spinal infection
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Patients taking blood thinner medications
- Conditions that may compromise the integrity of the spine
- Spinal stenosis
- Severe neck and arm pain that radiates with stretching.
Risks of Spinal Decompression:
- Non-sedentary lifestyle
- Excessive loading on vertebrae
- Whiplash injury
- Spinal twisting
- Disc herniation