I just returned from an engaging seminar in Johnstown, Pennsylvania where I had the chance to collaborate with doctors who are on the forefront of advancements in spinal decompression therapy. The experience definitely affirmed the results I witness every day in the Backfit Clinic, and inspired me to share some of the highlights with you. Here is a deeper look at HOW spinal decompression therapy works, and WHY it might be the right choice for you!
How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine and taking pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine.
When traditional traction is applied, the body’s natural reaction is to resist the traction by pulling in the opposite direction. BUT – through a specific computerized pull and release pattern, spinal decompression is able to bypass the typical response of ligaments and muscles to distraction (ie – prevent the body from resisting the traction force!). This pull and release pattern allows for water and nutrients to be delivered to the disc and enhance the body’s natural healing process.
Why Is This Important?
After puberty spinal discs become avascular, meaning that they no longer have a direct blood supply. This lack of blood supply dictates that discs naturally heal at a very slow rate. Current research states that a disc injury typically heals in 300-500 days without any treatment. Spinal decompression therapy can be used to speed healing of the disc by up to 71% and heal that disc in less than 100 days.
A study by the Department of Neurosurgery and Radiology, Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Health Sciences Center, University of Texas, demonstrates what makes decompression so effective. We could get deep into the scientific process and terminology here, but I’d rather give it to you in simplified terms.
- Spinal decompression therapy creates a “negative pressure” within the discs
- This “negative pressure” promotes the movement of water and nutrients into the disc as well as the removal of waste products
- This nourishment & rehydration of the disc promotes healing – simple as that!
Who Needs Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Disc decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment for spinal injuries and spinal pain. Spinal decompression has the capability of relieving pressure on the spinal nerves and has been proven to effectively relieve the pain associated with:
- Acute / chronic back or neck pain (compression symptoms)
- Sciatica (pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg)
- Herniated discs (Extrusions, Protrusions, Bulges etc.)
- Degenerative discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Posterior facet syndrome (worn spinal joints)
At Backfit, spinal decompression therapy is a key component of a comprehensive treatment program. And one that I feel incredibly passionate about! Our Backfit decompression team is committed to helping you achieve the best results possible!
Dr . Greg Eisert and the Backfit Team