Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine with the goal of relieving neck pain, back pain and/or leg pain.
This procedure is called nonsurgical decompression therapy (as opposed to surgical spinal decompression, such as laminectomy and microdiscectomy).
The nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy has a important role in treatment of lower back pain and neck pain. In nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy, the spine is stretched and relaxed intermittently in a controlled manner.
The theory is that this process creates a negative intradiscal pressure (pressure within the disc itself), which is thought to have two potential benefits:
- Pulls the herniated or bulging disc material back into the disc
- Promotes the passage of healing nutrients, into the disc and fosters a better healing environment.