These spinal decompression sessions are painless and often relaxing, as some patients fall asleep during the procedure. Usually, you will undergo 2-5 sessions of spinal decompression per week, for four to six weeks. That's 12 to 20 appointments before you can experience lasting pain relief. Most people feel some of the benefits even after the initial session, but it takes at least several sessions before seeing any significant progress.
A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or bulging disc, occurs when the nucleus of a spinal disc comes out. This condition dries out the spinal discs and this treatment can help rehydrate the discs while improving circulation and mobility. When you compare the cost of several sessions of spinal decompression therapy to the cost of back surgery, you might find that it's significantly cheaper. The most common side effect is dull, aching pain for the first week or two as the body becomes accustomed to stretching and decompressing.
At the beginning of each session, you will be comfortably fitted with a harness designed to achieve optimal lower back or neck decompression. In addition to spinal decompression, your doctor may suggest other treatments, such as heat and cold therapy, electrical stimulation, physical therapy, stretching, and low-impact exercises to strengthen your back muscles. This helps us determine if spinal decompression is the most effective treatment option for pain. First, we'll discuss some of the practical questions you may have about spinal decompression, such as how long it will take, how many sessions you need, and how much it will cost.
Spinal decompression is a non-surgical, non-invasive therapeutic treatment aimed at relieving many conditions. In non-surgical spinal decompression therapy, the spine is intermittently stretched and relaxed in a controlled manner. Decompression is achieved by using a specific combination of tensile force, angle in degree of traction, and varying time to create negative pressure within the spinal cord discs. While you can request decompression therapy at any time your doctor deems appropriate, this non-surgical procedure is often the last effort of patients who have not achieved the results they want from other treatments.
While traction, physical therapy, inversion tables, and manipulation can reduce disc pressures up to 40 mm Hg, spinal decompression has only been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine.