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Understanding Spinal Decompression: What It Is and How It Works

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment that has been gaining traction in the medical community as an effective solution for relieving lower back and neck pain.

At Brick Pain Relief & Wellness Center, we specialize in this innovative therapy, designed to alleviate discomfort caused by herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and other spinal issues.

What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy is a type of traction therapy applied to the spine in a controlled manner to alleviate pressure on compressed discs.

This technique gently stretches the spine, creating a vacuum-like effect that retracts the discs—particularly useful for those bulging or herniated discs.

The primary objective is to promote an optimal healing environment for bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs.

The Science Behind Spinal Decompression

The spine is composed of vertebrae separated by discs, which serve as cushions to minimize the impact during activities such as walking, running, and lifting.

When these discs are damaged or worn down due to age, they can compress, causing pain and limited mobility.

Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine, which changes the force and position of the spine.

This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc.

As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine.

This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

Benefits of Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression therapy offers numerous benefits for individuals suffering from chronic back pain:

  • Pain Relief: By alleviating pressure on spinal discs and nerves, patients often experience significant pain reduction after undergoing decompression therapy.
  • Increased Mobility: With the reduction in pain and the retraction of herniated discs, mobility typically improves, allowing patients to return to their normal daily activities with less discomfort.
  • Non-Surgical: For those looking to avoid surgery, spinal decompression offers a non-invasive alternative that can provide relief without the risks associated with surgical intervention.
  • Safe and Painless: The procedure is safe and generally painless, with many patients experiencing immediate relief after the first few sessions.
How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?

At Brick Pain Relief & Wellness Center, the process of spinal decompression therapy is tailored to each individual’s specific condition.

Here’s a typical outline of the treatment process:

  • Initial Assessment: A thorough examination is conducted, including medical history, physical examination, and possibly imaging tests, to determine if spinal decompression therapy is suitable for the patient.
  • Treatment Plan: Based on the assessment, a customized treatment plan is created. This plan outlines the number of sessions required, which typically ranges between 15 to 30 sessions over four to six weeks, depending on the severity of the disc issues.
  • The Decompression Session: During each session, the patient lies on a motorized device, known as a decompression table. The lower half of this table can move, providing the traction and relaxation necessary for the procedure.

    A harness is placed around the hips and is attached to the lower table near the feet. The upper part of the table remains fixed where the patient rests their head and back.

    The therapist controls the movement via a computer, customizing the force and duration of disc traction, which helps promote the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc.

  • Post-Therapy Care: Alongside the decompression therapy, we incorporate complementary treatments such as physical therapy, exercises, and advice on proper body mechanics to ensure long-term results.

Spinal decompression therapy is an effective, safe, and non-invasive treatment option for those suffering from debilitating spinal conditions.

At Brick Pain Relief & Wellness Center, our goal is to help you understand your options and provide treatments that reduce pain, restore function, and promote an overall healthier lifestyle.

To learn more about spinal decompression in Brick, NJ call Brick Pain Relief & Wellness Center today at (732) 899-5400 to schedule a consultation.

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