Spinal Decompression to Treat Herniated Discs

Spinal decompression to treat herniated disc

Spinal decompression is a nonsurgical medical procedure. Spinal decompression is similar to the basic principle of chiropractic and traction. It involves gentle stretching of the spine to change the position and force of the spine. This change builds a negative pressure in the spinal disc and takes off the pressure. Spinal discs act as cushions which are jelly like and placed between the bones of the spine. Spinal stretching is done in nonsurgical spinal decompression results in retraction of herniated discs by taking pressure off spinal nerves and other structures in the spine. It promotes the movement of oxygen, water and other nutrient rich fluids inside the discs to encourage healing. Spinal decompression is helpful to treat neck and back pain, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, diseased or injured spinal nerve roots and worn spinal joints etc.

Herniated Disc, Symptoms and Diagnosis:

Abnormally ruptured or degenerative discs are called as herniated discs. Most commonly disc herniation occurs in 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae of the lower back because this area is bearing upper body weight. A lower back portion of the body involves the most movements whole day like twisting, rotating, bending, lifting etc. Disc herniation doesn’t show any dominant symptoms in most of the cases, it just causes pain in the affected part of the spine. A ruptured disc creates irritation in nearby nerves and causes pain and weakness. Disc herniation may also occur if some soft interior of the disc slips out through any crack in the wall of the disc. It happens mostly in the disc of the back. Escape of soft jelly-like material irritate the surroundings and cause pain. Injury or aging may cause the escape of fluid from the disc. Herniated discs are diagnosed by muscle strength, reflexes, the range of motion, tender regions of the back, walking ability and sensitivity to touch.

Treatment Procedure:

During this therapy doctor tie a harness around the pelvis and trunk of the patient. According to specific needs of the patient, the doctor operates a computer customized treatment procedure. Treatment involves 30-45 minutes session and may need up to 28 treatments for 5 to 7 weeks. It depends on the patient and level of the disease. Some patients may require normal sessions of treatment and some may require long time treatment. Some are out of pain after just first 4 visits, some after 20-25 and some after 35. Each patient perceives pain uniquely. Ultrasound, electric stimulation and heat or cold therapies may also require before or after the spinal decompression therapy.

Eligibility for treatment:

Every person suffering from herniated discs disease cannot take spinal decompression treatment. Doctors monitor the patient to find that the individual is a good candidate for the treatment or not. People with any of following conditions should not take this therapy:

  • Tumor
  • Fracture
  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Spinal metal implants

Side effects:

Side effects involve minor muscle spasm otherwise it doesn’t affect the routine work or job. In the case of extreme acute pain, you may avoid heavy lifting.


Spinal decompression therapy is applied to promote repositioning of herniated disc material by making a negative intradiscal pressure and by creating a lower pressure in the disc which causes the influx of healing substances and other nutrients into the disc. Spinal decompression has proved its effectiveness in the treatment of various conditions and pain associated with degenerative discs, herniated discs and posterior facet syndromes and positioning and distraction. It is safe, painless and nonsurgical to treat disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, disc degeneration, stenosis, and facet syndrome.



Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.