Chiropractors and osteopaths believe that optimum health can be achieved by ensuring that the nervous system is functioning correctly. Clusters of nerves caused by overuse, injury, or skeletal issues in the spine can prohibit its proper function. One way that they help to alleviate this potential problem is through the use of spinal decompression therapy. Here’s everything you should know about that. 

What’s spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy  rests on the notion that the spine placed under traction—allowing for negative pressure to be applied to the space between your spinal discs—allows practitioners to put bulging or herniated discs back into place. The larger space between discs for a short period of time also promotes the rush of healing nutrients to the area, too. It also feels pretty magical to remove the effect of gravity on your back during treatment.  

Who should get spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a good option for many types of patients. It’s most often used as alternative treatments for sciatica, neck and lower back pain, and degenerative discs. It is not a good treatment option for people who have broken vertebrae, artificial discs, have experienced failed back surgery or multiple surgeries without improvement, or any patients who have had surgical spinal fusion in the past.

What to expect from a therapy appointment

When you arrive, you will lay fully clothed on your back onto the decompression machine. You will be secured to the machine and the clinician will begin the series of stretches and relaxation. Typical sessions can last up to 45 minutes and there is generally no pain experienced. In fact, patients report feeling relief and relaxation during and after their session.   

How often will you need to go?

You and your doctor will discuss the appropriate protocol based on the symptoms you experience and the physical ailments causing the pain. A common spinal decompression therapy protocol could last for 12 sessions or more over a couple of months. You’ll visit the provider’s office at regular intervals and go through the same treatment as the first time. The provider will also give you stretches to do in between sessions that will aid in healing.