Non-surgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain.
Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine changing the force and position of the spine while taking pressure off the spinal discs, (gel-like shock absorbers between the spinal bones) by creating negative pressure in the disc.
As a result of this negative pressure change, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This pressure change also helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal more effectively.
Doctors use nonsurgical spinal decompression to treat:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome, spondylosis or osteoarthritis)
- Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots