Spinal Decompression Can Help Relieve Pain

Pain Chronicle’s Kristen Wesley reports that spinal decompression helps patients relieve pain every single day. Watch this report to see how spinal decompression might be able to help you.

Spinal Decompression is a non-invasive treatment for acute and chronic spinal pain resulting from herniated, ruptured, bulging or degenerative discs and spinal stenosis. It is achieved though the use of specialized tables with computer control of the force and angle of disc distraction.

The vacuum effect created by the spinal decompression machine reduces the intradiscal pressure to approximately -160mmHG. This negative pressure repositions and draws in the jelly-like fluid of the disc (called the nucleus pulposus). Because the discs, like other cartilage in your body, do not have a direct blood supply, they rely on movement to receive their nourishment by a process called imbibition. This is attained by the vacuum effect of spinal decompression, thereby drawing moisture, nutrients and oxygen back into the discs.

This applied force to the disc of the spinal column gradually lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating a vacuum effect which reduces intradiscal pressure and muscle spasm of surrounding areas. Simultaneously, an osmotic gradient is created which helps to bring nutrients and water into the disc to promote healing. The overall effect is restored normal spinal movement and function.

By using spinal decompression, negative pressure similar to a vacuum is created, allowing that disc material that is crowding the nerves to be drawn back into the disc, removing the painful pressure from the nerves.