What is Spinal Decompression?

Published November 28th, 2017 by Dr. Hoder

With the use of the latest technology in the form of non-surgical spinal decompression, we are helping patients that suffer from chronic and severe low back pain, sciatica, stenosis, and herniated discs. But what exactly is non-surgical spinal decompression?

Decompression Explained

Decompression relieves pressure that builds up on the nerves and discs of your spine. The pain relief is a result of drawing areas of herniated discs back into place. 

This is achieved by creating negative pressure within the disc, which is referred to as negative intra-discal pressure. Essentially, this creates a vacuum which draws the herniated and bulging disc material back into the disc space, thus relieving pressure.  

Over a series of of visits, the cycles of decompression and partial relaxation promote the diffusion of oxygen, water, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal. When the ligaments that hold disc material in place become torn or stretched because of herniation or bulging,  decompression strengthens the ligament bands that hold the disc material in place. This helps them to heal and prevents future recurrence. 

For the majority of patients, there is a noticeable difference after 4-6 weeks of treatment. For more information, contact us or ask about spinal decompression during your next regular visit.

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