What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. This changes the force and position of the spine, taking pressure off the discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine. Negative pressure is then created in the disc, which allows bulging or herniated discs to retract and take pressure off nerves and other structures of the spine. This helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal and regenerate.
Conditions Benefited from Spinal Decompression:
-Cervical and lumbar disc bulge or herniations
-Degenerative disc disorder (thinning discs)
-Lumbar radiculopathy (radiation into butt and/or legs)
-Cervical radiculopathy (radiation into shoulder and arms)
-Chronic low back pain
-Chronic neck pain
Images taken of the lumbar or cervical spine are encouraged prior to treatment plan. Your physician will recommend a treatment plan based on your health history and current health status.
What does it look like?
A belt will be wrapped around your hip area and tightened. A cord from the machine will then be hooked onto that belt. Laying down on the table, another belt (we call the girdle) will be wrapped around your waist. This belt is attached to the table and is meant to keep your body in place. The level of the table is adjusted to target the specific disc that is compromised. For approximately 20 minutes the cord attached to the machine will gently pull and stretch your body as the "girdle" keeps you in place on the table.