What You Should Know About Spinal Decompression Therapy

More technically referred to as nonsurgical decompression therapy, spinal decompression therapy involves a procedure that stretches the spine, with the use of a traction table or a similar motorized device, with the goal of providing relief from back and leg pains. The procedure is a non-invasive alternative to its counterpart, which is surgical spinal decompression, which includes procedures such as laminectomy and microdiscectomy.

Devices utilized for spinal decompression actually uses the same basic principle as those used for spinal traction. Spinal traction and decompression both apply a longitudinal force to the spine and a distraction force to one’s lumbar and or cervical spine, with the goal of relieving pressure on these areas. Both decompression and traction therapies are performed with the goal of relieving pain, and providing an optimal healing environment for patients suffering from herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, and other back and leg conditions.

Spinal decompression therapy is performed to provide the patient with benefits such as:

  • Creating a negative Intradiscal Pressure (IDP) in order to counter the high levels of IDP brought about by prolonged sitting and improper posture. High levels of IDP are known to cause disc degeneration and rupture, which results in extreme back and lumbar pain. The negative IDP created by spinal decompression therapy, then, works to retract or reposition the herniated or bulging disc material—potentially relieving pain.
  • Creating a lower pressure in the spinal discs, that results in an influx of healing nutrients and other substances into the affected disc, potentially helping to heal herniated or bulging disc material.

While spinal decompression therapy can help in a range of back and neck conditions, its effects are more helpful in cases of herniated, protruding, or bulging discs. A herniated disc happens when the softer interior of a spinal disc pushes out through a tear in the exterior. This is caused by a number of reasons, including disc degeneration—which is gradual aging-related wear and tear—and an extreme usage of the back muscles instead of the leg muscles to lift heavy objects. A herniated disc can cause minor to extreme back pains, particularly in the lumbar (or lower back), and cervical (neck) area. However, weakness, numbing, and tingling can also be felt in the arms and legs. While there are invasive treatment options for a herniated disc, such as surgery, a safer option would be spinal decompression therapy.

Dallas Lifestyle Management Clinic is a lifestyle management clinic in Dallas, Texas. We provide spinal decompression and spinal traction therapies to patients suffering from, back, and leg pains. Those with a herniated disc, most especially, can benefit from the effects of spinal decompression, which works to alleviate pain and provide an optimal healing environment.

We also offer quality and efficient chiropractic in Texas, which can help in a number of diseases and pains, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and even migraines. Other services include acupuncture, spinal remodeling, and laser therapy.