Decompression is a non-surgical procedure used for patients we see degeneration of disc height and damaged or injured facets in the x-rays. In between each vertebra is what’s called a disc and in that disc is what’s called synovial fluid which allows for mobility in joints and the back.
Discs get their nutrients from the blood by motion, at some point for patients with degeneration the alignment of the vertebrae shifted and pinched down on nerves. The muscles then go into spasms to protect the nerves of the body which the body is supposed to do, but this stops the nutrient process of the discs.
Degeneration is simply the starvation of discs due to lack of motion. Decompression simply starts that process of motion again by way of a controlled pully system. By creating a pumping mechanism, the decompression machine can start that process of bringing the disc back to the appropriate height.
Frequently Asked Questions
How soon will the degeneration reverse? – The decompression starts the process of bringing the nutrients back into the disc. It is not doing that while you are on the table. It is priming the pump. Typically, 6 months to a year after completing the recommended sessions is when we see disc height back.
Can I do an Inversion Table? – These two are not the same, inversion just takes the pressure of gravity off for a short period. What we focus on is reversing that degeneration.
Is it painful? – It is typically relaxing and without pain, a patient can always request to lighten the weight. If any pain does occur, please immediately communicate that to a provider.
What does it assist WITH?
Failed Back Surgeries