Spinal decompression involves the stretching of the spine, in some cases, with the help of a traction table or comparable motorized device, with the objective of releasing and relieving back pain or leg pain. This particular method of spinal decompression is called nonsurgical decompression therapy (used in cases where surgical spinal decompression procedures, such as laminectomy and micro-discectomy, may be too invasive or uncertain).
The devices used in spinal decompression procedures utilize the same rudimentary techniques of spinal traction that have been practiced by chiropractors, osteopaths, and additional properly qualified health professionals for years and years. Traction therapy as well as decompression therapy are performed with the intention of reducing and/or relieving pain symptoms in patients. Promoting an optimal healing environment for bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs is one of the primary goals of the spinal decompression procedure.
Spinal decompression is a form of traction therapy performed on the spine with the intended goal of enacting numerous theoretical benefits including:
- Creating negative intradiscal pressure to encourage retraction or relocating of the herniated, or in some cases, bulging disc material.
- Creating lesser compression in the disc that induces a surge of curative nutrients and other more beneficial substances into the disabled disc.