Spinal decompression treatment is a non surgical therapy and often takes 12 – 24 sessions with the desired effect of treating low back and neck pain, and arm, hand, leg and foot numbness as a result of bulging or herniated discs. Most often spinal decompression treatment has a reasonable success rate when used in herniated disc therapy. At our office, we often combine spinal decompression treatment with High Power Laser Therapy, which typically decreases the amount of decompression needed to treat the bulging or herniated disc.
The benefits of spinal decompression are:
- Alleviates radiating pain and numbness into the arms/hands/legs/feet
- Safe and effective when done by a qualified professional
An injured discs function can be restored through the use of spinal decompression therapy. Spinal decompression works through the use of controlled mechanical traction being applied to the spine. There are two phases to a spinal decompression session. In the first stage, or the “pull” stage the injured discs of the spine are gently stretched apart. This produces a vacuum-like effect inducing suction inside the disc. The vacuum will draw the bulges or herniation back into the disc where it is originally meant to be. Oxygen, water, nutrients and some other healing substances are drawn in through this vacuum as well. The final desired result with spinal decompression is a stronger, healthier disc that functions properly. The success rate for a spinal decompression when performed by a qualified professional on the right candidate is over 80%.
Acting much like rehabilitation, spinal decompression works towards minimizing the disc bulge and herniations but also restores the proper nutrient supply to the disc. Because spinal decompression typically happens over 12-24 sessions, you may want to look at other options that decrease your healing and recovery time. When decompression is paired with High Power Laser Therapy, it typically shortens the treatment substantially.