Are the muscles in your neck, shoulders and arms aching from a long day being hunched in front of your computer or are you looking for a way to rid yourself of the lower back pain that was brought on my long hours in the same position? If your answer is positive for these questions, chances are you would find some answers to alleviate this persistent problem if you read on.
Decompression therapy, also known as non-surgical spinal decompression, is a medical practice that helps decompress the spine, thereby decreasing pressure on the nerves in the spinal column and thus reducing pain. It is an accessible form of therapy that uses special spinal decompression tables to maneuver bulging or herniated spinal disc tissues to move back into place to heal.
This therapy and its use of spinal decompression tables provide pain management for sufferers of spinal problems such as sciatica, injured or diseases spinal nerve roots and worn spinal joints as well as more seriously debilitating conditions such as bulging, degenerating and herniated discs.
The actual therapy involves stretching the spine to allow disc fluid to flow into the space within the individual discs. This enables the disc to absorb more nutrients so that it can heal quickly and effectively. Needless to say, it is also a less painful alternative to spinal surgery.
Usually, a first session would include a digital analysis and consultation with a specialist to discuss your situation after which an examination of your posture and spinal alignment is conducted. Once the problem area or areas are identified, the specialists would gently secure you to the treatment table in order to begin the therapy.
The machine will then use motorized traction to imitate a push and pull action; slowly stretching and retracting the spine to relieve pressure on the nerves and allowing vital nutrients to circulate in the affected areas.
A harness that is attached to the lower part of the movable table is placed around the hips and helps hold the hips in place. The top half of the table is immobile, and this allows the patient to slide back and forth. This process also encourages the herniated or bulging discs to be retracted or repositioned accordingly. In some cases, it is necessary that the patients lie prone or supine according to the mechanics of the table. No pain should be felt but a feeling of stretching should be observed during the therapy.