Spinal Decompression Therapy: An Alternative to Surgery
Years ago, there used to be few options other than surgery for backache relief. Fortunately, we now have more options available. One of the newest, scientifically researched methods is that of back decompression.
It is truly effective and can help speed pain relief to many who suffer chronic back pain.
What is spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression therapy involves a patient getting a detailed exam and then probably an MRI. If the results of these indicate the need for treatment, your doctor may recommend spinal decompression.
In this process, the patient lies on a padded table with their feet propped up and a harness around their waist and the computer does the rest. You simply lie there and let it work.
Will you feel it working?
Oh yes, you will, and if you are a chronic sufferer, you will feel so good after the treatment. You can thank Dr. Randall Pruitt, the inventor of spinal decompression. He knew that patients were not getting good relief on a consistent basis so he wanted to help them. He wanted a safe, non invasive procedure from which patients could get pain relief. What happens during the decompression is a cycle of negative pressure on the herniated disc and then a time of relaxation. You are quite comfortable and can listen to a CD or watch a TV show.
How does this work?
- Decompression therapy helps by strengthening your ligaments to help your disc heal.
- It also helps with hydrating the disc and providing it with needed oxygen as well.
- These all help healing proceed and relieve back pain.
Who can get help with this method?
Many people who suffer from herniated discs, pinched nerves, degenerative disc disease, lumbar instability, and failed back surgery syndrome can benefit from this procedure. Those who are pregnant have lumbar spine fusion, infections, or tumors cannot use this.
What are the results?
In about 219 patients who were interviewed after completing the program, about 80-90% found relief. Many of them were pain-free for the first time in a very long time. I can vouch for this system as I used it for about 20 sessions prior to my back surgery. It really does give temporary, but soothing relief from pain.
Can I do this myself?
Yes! If this sounds like something you would like to try, you can perform spinal decompression therapy at home with a back stretcher or an inversion table. Start slow, and follow the directions that come with your back stretching equipment. Obviously, you want to check with your own doctor first.
- David Huckabay