When working with a chiropractor, they will perform non-surgical spinal decompression. This works by stretching the spine and manipulating its position in. Chiropractic spinal decompression is a type of spinal traction therapy that can help relieve pain in the back, neck, and legs. This works by stretching the spine and manipulating its position to remove pressure from nerves and spinal discs.
The purpose of this process is to create negative pressure on the discs that will help retract herniated or bulging discs. This allows oxygen, water, and other nutrient-rich healing substances to enter the disc. The decompression process involves the use of a motorized traction table that gently stretches the spine. The result is less pressure on the discs and nerves connected to the spine, which relieves common pain and nerve impingement problems.
The patient is placed in the traction table harness and then gentle force is used through the distraction and relaxation phases to isolate the affected discs. Patients do not feel any pain during the traction process. In fact, many fall asleep during the process and report immediate relief from discomfort. Several sessions may be needed, depending on the severity of the condition.
Your chiropractor will determine the right course of treatment for your individual needs. Upon arriving at the chiropractic office for a spinal decompression session, the chiropractor places a harness around the pelvis and trunk. However, it's not used for all types of patients or all types of back problems, so you should check with your chiropractor to determine if it's right for your condition. It works on the same basic principles that chiropractors have used for decades to stretch the spine and provide effective pain relief.
The chiropractor will monitor the bottom of the table while the top remains motionless.