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What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Posted on September 24, 2020 by Dr.Paul

Spinal decompression therapy, also known as non-surgical spinal decompression, may be what your doctor recommends to ease your back pain. Spinal decompression therapy is a type of motorized traction that involves gently stretching the spine to relieve pressure off the vertebrae. Releasing this tension from the vertebrae can help retract discs that may be bulging or are herniated. Spinal decompression can potentially treat the following conditions:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bulging disc
  • Leg pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal decompression gently lengthens and releases the spine through repetitive movements using a spinal decompression table. As the table pulls and releases, a negative pressure change is created within the intervertebral disc. The reduction of pressure inside the disc (decompression) helps draw in bulging discs and extruded disc material back into place, taking pressure off pinched or irritated nerves. 

Is Spinal Decompression Effective?

Spinal decompression has been around for quite some time, and numerous testimonials claim that it does work. Studies have shown that spinal decompression therapy has resolved problems with the disc and removed the pressure applied to the disc by supplying nutrients and oxygen to the disc. Spinal decompression offers a conservative alternative for those suffering from chronic back and neck pain.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have acute or chronic back or neck pain, contact Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation of NY & CT for information on our Spinal Decompression Therapy services or to make an appointment now.