spinal decompressionSpinal decompression has received a considerable amount of attention recently as an effective treatment option for sciatica pain relief, neck pain relief, and general lower back pain relief.  

Decompression therapy is thought to work best on a herniated disc by reducing the pressure within the disc of a traction force applied to the spine.

To accomplish these results, traction forces of between 25% and 50% of the patient’s body weight is applied in order to provide sufficient separation of the spinal vertebrae and to overcome the friction from just lying on the table.  In addition to the lower back, decompression therapy can be applied to the lower back in the form of traction.

The easiest and least costly way for decompression therapy to be applied is through the use of inversion therapy.  By placing yourself in an upside-down position, inversion therapy uses gravity as the traction force to separate the vertebrae in your back.  Decompression forces can also be applied using specialized and more costly spinal decompression devices such as Vax-D, SpineMed, or DRX 9000.

Decompression therapy of the spine is thought to be an effective treatment for conditions such as:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal joint arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease, disc herniation, disc bulging, or disc protrusion
  • Irritation from bone spurs
  • Muscle pain in the lower back
  • General back pain
  • Pinched nerve pain

Although proponents of decompression therapy boast claims of 85% success rates, a review of the medical literature reveals conflicting evidence as to the validity of decompression therapy.  Most scientific studies evaluating the effectiveness of decompression therapy on patients with low back pain showed no difference over treatment without the use of decompression therapy.

Decompression therapy should be avoided if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Spinal fractures
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Infections of the spine
  • Patients who have surgical hardware including metal rods, plates, or screws

Is Spinal Decompression Therapy Right For You?

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