Spinal decompression is the desired outcome of a comfortable and controlled pulling force on the spine that essentially "decompresses" the spinal joints. This pulling force enables the spinal discs the opportunity to create negative intradiscal pressure, which has been demonstrated on advanced imaging studies, with the outcome of pain relief and decreased pressure on the spinal nerves. Conditions that respond favorably to this treatment are disc herniations, spinal stenosis, chronic back pain, pinched nerves and sciatica, facet syndrome, and degenerative disc disease.
But wait...Not all spinal decompression programs are the same! The success of this procedure is largely based on the training of the physician applying the therapy and the decompression device is almost equally important. Patient selection is another important factor to determine who will benefit most from decompression and maintain it's nearly 90% success rate. If the proper protocols are applied to a patient that is an ideal candidate for the procedure results are very reproducible.
If you are considering surgery for back or neck pain, especially cases where the spinal discs are involved, spinal decompression may afford you the opportunity to avoid invasive spinal surgery.