What is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This will take pressure off the spinal discs (intervertebral fibrocartilage), which are gel-like cushions between the vertebrae (bones that make up the spinal column).
Proponents of this treatment say that over time, negative pressure from this therapy may cause bulging or herniated disks to retract. That can take pressure off the nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal.
Physical therapists have used nonsurgical spinal decompression in an attempt to treat:
- Back pain, neck pain or sciatica, which is pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg.
- Bulging discs, herniated discs or degenerative disc disease.
- Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome).
- Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots (called radiculopathy).