Spinal decompression therapy is a form of treatment intended to relieve a patient from back or neck pain. The therapy stretches the spinal cord using a traction table or a similar motorized device Traction therapy is applied to the spine in order to exert a negative intradiscal pressure to promote retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material. The pressure exerted on the herniated disc also results in releasing nutrients into the bulging disc. Spinal decompression has been found to be an effective form of treatment for treating lower back pain and leg pain.
Clinical Evidence for Spinal Decompression
A study on spinal decompression was conducted in Canada in November 2003 and the resulting findings were published as part of the “Orth Tech Review.”(Glonis T, Groteke E. Spinal Decompression. Orth Tech Review 5(6):36-39; Nov-Dec 2003).As part of the study, 219 patients with herniated disc and degenerated disk who underwent spinal decompression were studied. In the group, 86% of the patients who completed the full therapy treatment showed immediate improvement in their condition. 92% of the patients who underwent the treatment showed an overall improvement in their condition. Only in 2% of the patients did back pain relapsed within 90 days of the initial treatment.
Spinal Decompression Treatment Details
A typical course of spinal decompression consists of 20 sittings that can be undergone in the form of daily or weekly sittings. Each session will usually last for 30 minutes. Patients undergoing this treatment are fully clothed and ice can be applied at the end of the treatment. The therapist providing the treatment can vary the amount of force applied and also the position of the spine in order to target the right spinal points.
Range of Medical Conditions Treated
As spinal decompression has the capability to relieve pressure on the spinal nerve caused by a herniated disc, it is extremely useful for conditions like sciatica and facet syndrome. This therapy has been found to be effective in treating acute neck and lower back pain and the associated neurological disorders. For people who have found no benefits from other forms of treatment, compression therapy can offer a permanent cure for their long-standing ailment. People suffering from acute pain for at least four consecutive weeks due to a bulging disc or herniated disk can use this treatment to get immediate relief. Also people with recurring back pain in the past six months due to a failed back surgery can find effective relief from back pain from spinal decompression.
The majority of patients with back or neck pain have responded positively to the spinal decompression treatment method. These long term chronic back patients have been able to resume their normal activities within two months of undergoing this decompression therapy. As this therapy is comfortable and painless in nature, more and more people with lower back and neck pain complaints are turning towards decompression therapy for much needed relief. In recent times, medical caregivers advise the patients undergo decompression therapy first, as it provides the required relief in more than 80% of the cases.