Spinal decompression therapy is the process of stretching the spine.
Spinal decompression can be administered manually or mechanically by using a traction table, depending on your needs.
Spinal decompression works by stretching the spine to take pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine. The pattern of alternating pulling and relaxing, creates a vacuum-like pressure, which allows disc material that was herniated or protruded, to be pulled back into the disc. It also helps promote the movement or pull of water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs, so they can heal.
Some indications that spinal decompression may be something to try:
- Spinal nerve root impingement
- Joint pain
- Joint hypomobility (tightness)
- Muscle Spasms
- Herniated disc
- Spinal stenosis
- Radicular pain into upper extremities