Is Spinal Decompression Therapy Painful?

About Spinal Decompression Therapy & Its Procedure

Spinal decompression therapy, which is also known as nonsurgical spinal decompression, is a conservative approach towards treatment of chronic back and leg pain. The mechanism of working of spinal decompression therapy is by gently stretching the spine such that the force and position of the spine minimally changes. As a result of this change, the pressure being put on the discs and spine itself is relieved by the creation of negative pressure in the disc. This causes retraction of the bulging and herniated discs and allows smooth movement of blood, oxygen, and other vital nutrients through the spine resulting in quick healing of the spine and relief of symptoms of pain.

Spinal Decompression Therapy has been used to treat sciatica, herniated disc, posterior facet syndrome, or damaged nerve roots. The procedure is done by fitting a harness around the pelvis and another harness around the trunk. The patient is made to lie face down on a table which is computer operated. The physician then operates the computer which moves the harness in such a way that a stretch is felt along the spine. This treatment lasts for about half an hour and a total of about 30 treatments are required for best effectiveness. The patient may have electrical stimulation, ultrasound, or ice or heat therapy before or after spinal decompression therapy for added benefits.

Is Spinal Decompression Therapy Painful?

Is Spinal Decompression Therapy Painful?

Coming to the question of whether Spinal decompression therapy is painful or not then there is no data to suggest that this form of therapy is painful in any way, although individuals who already have neck or arm pain symptoms may have worsening of the symptoms and hence are not deemed to be good candidates for spinal decompression therapy.

While there is enough data with regard to Spinal decompression Therapy with regard to comparative studies and its overall effectiveness in alleviating the pain symptoms in general, this therapy does not cause any pain.

In case if an individual experiences any pain during or after the procedure, then the procedure is discontinued and the individual is deemed not to be a good candidate for Spinal decompression Therapy.

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