Decompression therapy is a nonsurgical means
of relieving pain involving the neck and lower back. Decompression
therapy is a spinal disc rehabilitation program designed to slowly and
smoothly stretch the spinal area of complaint, thereby decompressing the
intervertebral discs. This form of treatment is widely accepted to be
safe and effective.
The intervertebral discs separate each bone
(vertebrae) of the spine allowing the spinal cord nerve roots to branch
outward to the rest of the body unimpeded. Discs also perform the
function of shock absorption, lessening in part the constant forces
placed on the spine.
A disc is made up of an inner gel-like nucleus and
a strong outer annulus fiber pressurizing the entire structure. The
decompression (stretching) technique allows a vacuum effect to occur
within the pressurized disc thus, retracting any disc bulge or
herniation occurring within the affected spinal area. This in turn
removes the pressure off the nerve root alleviating any pain the
patient is experiencing.
Secondarily, this therapy nourishes the
injured and dehydrated disc with water, nutrient rich fluids and oxygen,
promoting healing. This result occurs over a series of treatments as
decompression therapy has an accumulative effect. Generally speaking, a
four to six week time period of regular treatment often produces
significant positive results.