Spinal Decompression Therapy
One of the most promising options for back pain treatment is spinal decompression therapy. It is a procedure which works by slowly and gently stretching the spine to relieve the built-up pressure that is causing the pain. The term decompression comes from the fact that the stretching exercise pulls the spinal discs apart in a manner that is expected to minimize the stacking effect which often causes back pain.
While this is a fairly recent innovation as compared to more established back treatment plans, spinal decompression therapy has been used to treat multiple conditions with great results. Among the conditions that have benefited from spinal decompression sessions are back pain in the lower back or neck area, and several documented cases of herniated discs which naturally popped back in shortly after completion of the therapy. There are also documented cases where spinal decompression was instrumental in the healing of patients suffering from a diseased spinal nerve root or those with worn spinal joints.
To perform spinal decompression therapy, the doctor relies on a decompression machine that has a pelvic harness and another that fits around your trunk. As you lay face down or face up on a table, a computer controls the movements of the harnesses and the table to slowly but gently put you through the motions of slowly stretching the back area. Typical sessions last for just under 60 minutes and doctors recommend the procedure for a period of about 5 to 7 weeks with about 25 total sessions for that duration. The repetitive exposure to the therapy conditions the spine to extend which slowly relieves the built-in pressure may be causing a herniated disc.
You may have reached a point where you’re asking yourself, “How do I know if I have a herniated disc?”. To check if you are qualified to take spinal decompression therapy, talk to a doctor who can prescribe the best treatment that suits your case. In general, spinal decompression therapy is only prescribed when the back pain has reached a stage where ordinary medication, rest, and stretching exercises are no longer sufficient but the condition still does not warrant surgery. In many cases, the procedure actually becomes a last resort prior to surgery.
It is also worth noting that there is an option for spinal decompression surgery should the patient require a more invasive procedure for immediate relief. Surgical spinal decompression works in a variety of ways such as by removal of the erring disc in the back or by increasing the size of the spinal cavity to relieve pressure. All of these are proven procedures with an extensive list of documented results although the whole family of spinal decompression treatment options has yet to transcend into mainstream medicine as a first-choice option for treating back problems.
There is no doubt that medical experts will have to continue researching about how to further improve spinal decompression therapy and surgical spinal decompression to enhance the acceptance for such treatment methods. Still, with all the glowing reviews thus far, there is little reason to suggest that this will not happen in the future. At the very least, medical science and patients alike now have a new hope for treating back pain. In the end, that is the detail that matters the most to back pain sufferers and doctors alike.
Though spinal decompression therapy may not be for everyone, it is yet still another non-invasive option to herniated disc back surgery and should be considered.