If you have severe or nagging pains, particularly in the lower back or neck and other related symptoms, you know how disruptive to your life it can be. You are likely in search for the answer for relief. Many people are turning to non-surgical options like Chiropractic care, acupuncture and other therapies. One non-invasive option is spinal decompression therapy. Here’s what you need to know to help decide whether it might be right for you.

Chiropractors and other health care providers have used non-surgical spinal decompression for relief of:[2]

  • Back or neck pain
  • Sciatica, which is pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome)
  • Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots (called radiculopathy)

Non-surgical spinal decompression is achieved through the use of a mechanical traction device applied through an on-board computer that controls the force and angle of disc distraction, which reduces the body’s natural propensity to resist external force and/or generate muscle spasm and therefore look to relieve the source of pain. This is done by gently stretching the spine which changes its force and position. This non-surgical enhanced controlled force to the discs (gel-like cushions between your vertebra) of the spinal column reduces intradiscal pressure, unlike previous non-computer controlled traction tables.[1][2]

Spinal Decompression has proved to be safe and effective without the normal risks associated with invasive procedures such as injections, anesthesia or surgery. Spinal decompression works through a series of 1-10 minute alternating decompression and relaxation cycles with total treatment times and sessions varying by each individuals stage of need (Acute, sub-acute, chronic, etc.).[2]

Proponents of this treatment say that over time, negative pressure from this therapy may cause bulging or herniated discs to retract. That can take pressure off the nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_decompression;
[2] http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/spinal-decompression-therapy-surgical-nonsurgical