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Why Does Spinal Decompression Work?

March 21, 2019
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Back pain can be a debilitating condition that can stop you from living a normal and functional life. It can be caused by a variety of conditions or factors, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Sciatica (lower back, hip, and leg pain)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Post-Surgical Pain

Here at Advanced Medical, we specialize in non-invasive, drug-free treatments that provide long term pain relief and restore natural health. Spinal Decompression Therapy is one of our most prescribed treatments, because of its effectiveness in treating lower back pain.

By slowly and gently stretching the spine, Spinal Decompression relieves the pent up pressure within compressed discs and vertebrae. Many patients who have tried surgery or medications without success report experiencing significant relief with this treatment. With their pain decreased (or eliminated altogether) and their range of movement restored, normal mobility and function is returned to its original state, allowing patients to resume their everyday activities.

It helps to successfully reduce back pain by applying a distraction force which relieves nerve compression.

The process helps to separate the vertebrae in your back from one another creating a vacuum effect which is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.

In the past, patients suffering from back problems like herniated discs, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, or low back pain, had to rely on pain medications, bed rest, and physical therapy.

When conservative measures did not work, many people have even been told that they would have to have serious spinal surgery. Now, with Decompression system, patients have a new option.

What Should I Expect From The Procedure?

Before the procedure begins, your physician will strap you to the machine with a harness, which should position your back for optimal decompression. You should feel a gradual lengthening of your spine as the discs are relieved of excess pressure. Some patients do report some minimal discomfort with the first couple of sessions, but it eventually subsides once they get acclimated to the treatment. Otherwise, you can push the safety switch at any time during the session if you feel the discomfort is too great for any reason.

Each session lasts about 30 minutes, with no downtime or additional medication needed. Most patients require 20 to 25 sessions scheduled over 4 to 6 weeks to properly heal, though the frequency of prescribed therapy depends on your individual condition. Some patients require less due to the mildness of their symptoms, other patients require more due to the severity of their disorder.

Why Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Though traction, physical therapy, and traditional manipulation can reduce disc pressure, it cannot achieve negative pressure, which may be necessary to correct the condition of your spine. The stretching and re-positioning of your spine is slow and gradual, so your body won’t “lock down” or stiffen your back muscles in response during treatment. This is important because the “lock down” response is your body’s natural reaction to prevent injury when pressure is being applied to your spine. Unfortunately, this can be a drawback when the spine is injured or misaligned, because this natural response will cause resistance to corrective treatment. Fortunately, Spinal Decompression gently bypasses this protective reflex, relieving your spine and discs from excess pressure.

 

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