Spinal decompression is a nonsurgical therapy option that produces relief through motorized traction based upon weight. At Anodyne of Westerville, we use decompression to treat multiple conditions including but not limited to neck and back pain, sciatica, bulging and herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, tingling that extends down the legs, and posterior facet syndrome.
Decompression works by stretching the spine, which changes the position and force of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal discs, gel-like cushions in your spine, by creating a negative pressure in the disc. Bulging or herniated discs may retract, taking pressure off nerves and structures in your spine. Sequentially, this promotes movement of water, oxygen, and other nutrient-rich fluids to the discs so that they may heal.
How Spinal Decompression Works
Decompression is done fully clothed, and you lay face up or face down on a computer-controlled table. Treatment may consist of 10-30 sessions and last anywhere from 10-25 minutes depending on your specific needs. This form of therapy is not painful, yet you should feel a stretch after the session.
Who Should Not Use Spinal Decompression
- Have broken vertebrae
- Have had a spinal fusion
- Have artificial disc or implants in their spine
- Patients with failed back surgery
- Patients who have had multiple surgeries without any pain improvement
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