Spinal Decompression Therapy

Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment which uses a mechanical traction device to elongate the spine, relieving the pressure on damaged discs, nerves and joints. Decompression therapy can be used for both the neck and low back and is safe and effective whilst not carrying the same risks as some other more invasive procedures such as injections, anesthesia or surgery.

Many musculoskeletal problems of the spine arise from damaged, bulging or thinning discs which can cause nerve irritation and/or spinal joint wear and tear and inflammation. Very often compressive forces can lead to sciatica, referred pain, pins and needles and muscle spasm.

Spinal decompression works by applying alternating decompression and relaxation cycles to specific vertebra. During the decompression cycle the pressure within the disc is increased, creating a vacuum type effect on the softer inner part called the nucleus pulposus, which is the ‘bulging’ part of the disc. As this happens nutrition and fluid are drawn into the disc allowing the outer part, the annulus fibrosus to heal and for pressure and inflammation to be reduced on surrounding nerves and tissues.

Patients may remain fully clothed and lie on their back (or seated if for the neck) whilst a harness is placed around the target area. Cycles of tension lasting 30-60 seconds are applied with intermittent relaxation cycles of around 30 seconds.

Because the fluid content and nutrient access to the discs is improved during spinal decompression, this therapy can be safely used as a preventative measure to maintain disc health.

Spinal decompression therapy may be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjuction with other services we provide.

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