Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression Therapy

Back pain has many causes. Spinal issues, including intervertebral disc issues are are a very common cause. Nonsurgical spinal decompression involves motorized traction of the spine intended to relieve back pain. It works by gently stretching the spine, which changes the force and position of the spine. Doing so helps to take the pressure off the spinal disks. This can retract bulging or herniated disks relieving stress/tension.

Spinal decompression tables are also in use, which use computerized technology to create negative intradiscal pressure in the spine. They comprise of two parts which move independently of one another. During the setup, the therapist or technician chooses a decompression program that is best suited to the patient’s needs based on their diagnosis and previous treatments. When the decompression table slides, it stretches the spine, thereby creating a negative pressure within the spinal discs, resulting in the retraction or repositioning of the disc material, leading to pain relief. Moreover, it can cause an influx of nutrients to the disc, to promote healing. When overstretched, the patient’s muscles will start guarding, which is detected by the decompression table sensors. This mechanism prevents causing damage to the patient’s body by overstretching.

When overstretched, the patient’s muscles will start guarding, which is detected by the decompression table sensors

Nonsurgical spinal decompression has a few associated risks. The most common of them is muscle spasms. This procedure involves motorized stretching, which stretches the back more than the body is accustomed to, resulting in the muscles around the spine to spasm. It is very uncommon, but if you experience them,  contact your doctor immediately so the treatment can be stopped or adjusted.


It is quite possible that the patients’ pain is not relieved with this procedure. This could either be due to misdiagnosis or other issues. They should be re-evaluated for other possible causes of back pain.

Despite the above, spinal decompression therapy is worth getting done for many patients. There are many patients who have experienced benefits of this treatment. However, if you are pregnant or have the diagnosis of a spinal fracture, tumor, abdominal aortic aneurysm, advanced osteoporosis, or have metal implants in the spine, you must not undergo spinal decompression.

As compared to surgery, this procedure is completely non-invasive. There are no associated risks such as scar tissues, infection or blood clotting. In the long term, it can help facilitate healing of the spine, reverse the effects of bulging or herniated discs, decompress the surrounding nerves, adjust the muscles, and prevent future injuries. Not to mention that these procedures are pain-free and take less than 30 minutes in most cases.


If spinal decompression is successful, you should have pain relief, proper spinal alignment, and decompressed joints. This procedure stretches the muscles and bones in the back to be in optimal position to perform, and that could significantly improve the way you move and feel throughout the day.

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