Disc Herniation & Degeneration
Lower Back Pain
Neck & Shoulder Pain
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Postural Syndrome & Much More
How It Works
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment method primarily used to alleviate pain related to disc injuries in the neck and the lower back.
The decompression therapy works by gently stretching the spine, thus changing the position of spinal discs. This stretching therapy removes pressure from discs, particularly the bulging or herniated ones, allowing them to retract. Subsequently, healing promotes movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs.
Conditions Treated with Decompression Therapy
- Herniated Discs
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Neck Pain
- Chronic Back Pain
- Facet Syndrome
- Spinal Stenosis.
- Bulging Discs
- Postural Issues
- Spinal Arthritis
- & More
Common Questions About Decompression Therapy
Who can Benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Individuals with persistent neck or back pain, sciatica, bulging and herniated discs, and compressed spinal nerves may benefit from this type of therapy.
In addition, spinal decompression therapy benefits individuals with age-related disc degeneration, arm pain, numbness, and facet syndrome. It is also beneficial for those who wish to avoid or delay surgery as it can help alleviate the pressure put on the discs in order to prevent further damage.
How safe is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression therapy is considered a safe alternative for several reasons:
- Non-invasive: Unlike surgery, this therapy does not involve any incisions or invasive procedures, reducing the risk of infection and complications.
- Drug-free: As a physical treatment, it does not require the use of drugs, eliminating potential side effects and dependency risks associated with medication.
- Low risk: The procedure uses controlled and gradual traction, minimizing the risk of injury.
- High success rate: Multiple clinical studies have shown a high success rate for pain relief with this therapy.
- Personalized treatments: The therapy can be tailored to each individual’s condition, further enhancing safety and effectiveness.
When is Spinal Decompression Therapy Not Recommended?
Although spinal decompression therapy is typically safe and effective, there are certain conditions where it may not be recommended. These include:
- Serious spinal injury or compression fracture: In these cases, surgery may be necessary to prevent further damage.
- Extreme bone fragility (osteoporosis): In some cases, the traction force required for the therapy may be too great and cause further damage.
- Severe inflammation: For safety reasons, this therapy may not be recommended if there is severe swelling or inflammation present in the area.
- Expecting mothers: This therapy could potentially harm the baby, and should be avoided.
- Infections: Spinal Decompression Therapy may not be recommended if there is an active infection present in the area where treatment is being applied.
- Certain medical conditions such as cancer, advanced arthritis, and uncontrolled hypertension may also contraindicate using this therapy.
It is important to discuss your medical history with a qualified physician to determine if Decompression Therapy is right for you. Our Physiotherapist will help you with any additional information and treatment plan needed for your condition.
What makes Spinal Decompression Therapy so Effective?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is highly effective due to several reasons:
- Non-surgical and Non-invasive: Unlike many treatments for back pain, spinal decompression therapy is non-surgical and non-invasive. This makes it a great option for those who wish to avoid the risks and recovery time associated with surgery.
- Pain Reduction: The therapy is designed to relieve pressure on the spinal discs, which results in significant pain reduction for many patients.
- Promoting Healing: By creating a negative pressure within the disc, the therapy can help pull herniated or bulging tissue back into the disc, promoting healing from inside out.
- Versatility: Spinal Decompression Therapy can be adjusted and customized to cater to the unique needs of each patient, depending on the specific condition and the severity of the pain.
- Improved Quality of Life: Many patients report enhanced mobility and a better quality of life following the treatment. They are able to return to their normal activities without the constant discomfort that they previously experienced.
Is Decompression Treatment Painful?
No! Decompression therapy is a non-invasive and painless procedure. The treatment session should be comfortable, but you may experience some mild discomfort as your spine adjusts to the traction force.
Are There Medical Studies on The Effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Yes, there are numerous clinical studies that demonstrate the efficacy of Spinal Decompression Therapy. Here are some studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of this therapy:
- A study by White et al., published in the journal Spine, concluded that Spinal Decompression Therapy is an effective treatment option for reducing chronic low back pain with discogenic origin. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15039909)
- A systematic review by Machaly et al., published in the journal Pain Physician, found that Spinal Decompression Therapy is effective for relieving sciatica and discogenic lower back pain. (http://painphysicianjournal.com/current/pdf?article=MjAzMw==&journal=109)
- A study by Kraemer et al., published in the journal Pain Medicine, concluded that Spinal Decompression Therapy is an effective treatment for patients with lumbar disc herniation pain. (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/pme.12568)
- A study by Tepecik et al., published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science, concluded that Spinal Decompression Therapy is effective for reducing pain and improving functional disability in patients with chronic low back pain. (https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/pts/29/4/29_PTS-18-0016/_pdf/-char/)
and many others