What is spinal decompression? Spinal decompression is a therapy in which a specific pull or weight is gradually applied and removed from the spinal column in effort to make physical changes to the discs that reside within the spine. The overall goal is to create a negative pressure within the discs to allow them to heal and rejuvenate.
Isn't this the same as an inversion table?
No. Inversion tables place static weight on the spine that the body actually resists via muscular contraction. Due to this resistance, far less force is actually transmitted to the disc and the overall benefit is greatly reduced. Spinal decompression loads and unloads the spine with specific weight and direction allowing the body to overcome the body's natural guarding reflex and achieve the desired response.
What does it do?
The sponge-like discs between the spine are largely avascular, or lack specific blood flow, and get much of their nutrition via absorption. During decompression, the disc reaches a negative pressure which allows it to more efficiently absorb nearby fluid and nutrients. Decompression also expands the space available for the disc, enlarges the foramen (holes) through which the spinal nerves travel, and creates the potential to reduce the size of any bulging disc material.
Does it hurt?
Most patient's find spinal decompression to be very comfortable and many actually fall asleep during treatment. Although some post-treatment soreness is possible as the full force of gravity is reapplied to the spine, this discomfort is usually brief.
Is spinal decompression right for me?
Whether or not spinal decompression is right for you depends on your health history and your current problem. Prospective patient's who are interested in spinal decompression are encouraged to contact Buys Chiropractic and setup a complimentary consultation.