If you’ve read about neck and lower back pain (either from degenerative disc disease, or herniated discs), and are suspecting that you have those conditions, you might be wondering whether decompression therapy can help you.
What back/neck conditions can decompression be used for?
How does it work?
Spine decompression gently stretches the spine, changing the forces on the joints. The treatment creates a negative pressure (vacuum-like effect), causing the disc to naturally retract and return to the original position. When this happens, the pressure on the nerves at the sides of the discs is reduced.
What should I expect during decompression?
Decompression therapy is relaxing, as it is a passive modality that is used in conjunction with chiropractic and/or physiotherapy care. As you lie on the machine, you will feel a gentle stretching and releasing movement, which lasts about 20-30 minutes. There is very little chance of feeling pain as it is gentle enough to not cause any muscle spasms.
Here’s a video showing how our non-surgical, non-invasive spinal decompression works.
… Even working at a chiropractic and physiotherapy clinic doesn’t spare some of us from needing help! Read Keith’s experience with decompression here after his newborn arrived and the long nights took a toll on him.
… And if you’re interested in more specific details about how it works and its difference between traction therapy, read on here!