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The Science Behind Spinal Decompression TreatmentSpinal decompression therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of disc issues, failed surgeries, facet syndrome, and chronic neck or back pain. Many people question how such a non-invasive procedure can make structural changes but once the science is understood, the benefits reveal themselves.

The Science Behind Spinal Decompression

How Spinal Decompression Heals Disc Issues

When you have a herniated or bulging disc, it creates pressure on the surrounding nerves and lack of fluidity. When the disc space is compromised in this condition, it can cause the spinal bones to rub against each other which can be very painful. The theory behind spinal decompression is that the process creates a negative intradiscal pressure. This effect potentially pulls the herniated or bulging disc material back into the disc and promotes the passage of healing nutrients and blood flow.

How Spinal Decompression Works

Decompression works very similarly to traction, as it is a newer improved form. When performed on the low back, the patient is harnessed around the hips on the lower part of the table. The upper part of the table remains in a fixed position while the lower part slides back and forth in a logarithmic stretch and release to do the traction and relaxation. When performed on the neck, a harness is placed around the head and the same stretch and release protocol applies. Based on the patient’s body weight, tolerance, level of severity, and duration of symptoms your spinal decompression doctor will determine a specific treatment plan based on your individual needs that will provide the most long-lasting results.

Spinal Decompression Table Technology

The Hill DT spinal decompression table, used at Adkore, is one of the more advanced technological decompression systems with a 91% success rate. It has yielded positive results for patients with chronic spinal pain, sciatica and disc issues and has restored disc height in many cases, providing a long term benefit. Often times, our doctors will recommend pre and post treatments for each session and provide other essential guidelines for the treatment as a whole. 

Spinal decompression treatment is customized to the patient to ensure that each patient receives treatment that helps their condition heal. Depending on the severity of your condition you'll be scheduled for 25 to 50 spinal decompression treatment appointments. The doctor also may want to schedule other treatments, like physical therapy for example, in conjunction with your spinal decompression treatment. Overall, the combination of treatments will be customized to your condition and will help you heal for the long term. 


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