Nonsurgical spinal decompression involves the relief of pressure on nerves pinched between the gel-like cushions, or spinal discs, that separate the bones of the spine. Using a type of computer-controlled traction that delicately changes the position of the spine, pain is relieved. This form of therapy is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, headaches and facet syndrome, and helps promote movement of oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs, so they can heal.
These discs provide cushioning between the vertebrae of the spine. If a disc gets injured and begins to break down, it can become herniated if left untreated. The jelly-like center of the disc tears through the outer layers and presses on the nerves or spinal cord, creating severe pain. Therapy includes lumbar decompression, or treatment on the lower back, and cervical decompression, which is treatment on the neck.
Patients are fully clothed during therapy and are lying comfortably while a doctor operates a computerized system based on a customized treatment plan for each patient’s specific needs. The machine exerts a gentle, slow pull, holding for 30 seconds and then relaxing, then gently pulling again and relaxing for a total treatment time of 15 minutes.
Spinal decompression gently pumps the disc, taking the pressure off and sucking the herniation back into the center of the disc where it is suppose to be, and off the nerve, which is where the pain comes from. A bulging or herniated disc generally creates pain in the back, down the leg or groin and down the arm or the neck/upper midback region.
Effective in 85 to 90 percent of cases, spinal decompression is the only technology that has been developed to heal a disc. Treatment may require 15 to 35 treatments over two to four months and can help patients avoid surgery.
Vince Baugher is a practicing doctor of chiropractic and owner of The Spinal Decompression and Chiropractic Center, in Denton. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 940-484-6336 or visit SpinalDecompression.net.