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What Causes Lower Back Pain?

Spinal decompression is helpful for lower back pain. The job of the vertebrae is to protect the spinal cord. In between each of the vertebra are jelly-like discs surrounded a ligamentous outer layer. These discs are the “shock absorbers” that protect the vertebrae, but they are sometimes injured through degeneration or herniation. Degeneration is caused by daily wear and tear over time. A herniated disc is a bulging or protrusion of the disc that presses on surrounding nerves, causing pain or numbness.

What is Spinal Decompression?

When a spinal disc has become herniated, it can put pressure on the nerves that are nearby and cause intense back or neck pain. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a safe, non-invasive, treatment for disc injuries of the neck and low back. It is helpful for pain due to many causes.

Decompression Helps With:

  • Herniated or Bulging Discs
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Foraminal Stenosis
  • Posterior Facet Syndrome
  • A failed back surgery

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal decompression works by slightly separating the vertebrae to create negative pressure (a vacuum) in the discs. This negative pressure helps to pull the herniated or bulging disc material back into the center of the disc, taking the pressure off the nerves that run through the area. At each treatment, the jelly-like substance at the core of the disc is moved just a little more. Over a series of 4-6 weeks of treatments, the results can be dramatic.

A decompression session begins by fitting the harness of the decompression machine to the pelvic region. This harness comes equip with a safety switch, allowing the patient to stop the decompression process immediately if at any point there is any discomfort. As the treatment is started, the spine will slowly lengthen as the discs are gradually decompressed and pressure is relieved.

Spinal Decompression Back Pain Relief

The process is safe and so relaxing that some patients actually fall asleep during the process! (Some patients with severely injured discs may note some mild discomfort during the first few treatments, however this soon disappears.) Each session cycles through several periods of lengthening and then releasing to allow the spine to be re-positioned without triggering the body’s “guarding” response.

The healing process takes place in stages. When a disc is herniated, the outer wall (annulus fibrosus) is torn, allowing the jelly-like substance (nucleus pulposus) at the core to escape. As a patient goes through decompression sessions, the nucleus pulposus may be partially retracted back into the disc, which results in pain relief. The next step in the healing process is for the torn outer wall of the disc to be healed.

The vacuum which is created with decompression pulls nutrients, oxygen, and moisture back into the discs. These nutrients help the body to heal. Concerning spinal decompression, It is important to give the disc time it needs to complete the repair process so that the pain and injury do not return.