Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical solution for herniated or bulging discs in the neck and low back. It is an effective treatment for various conditions such as sciatica, facet syndrome, spondylosis, or spinal stenosis. Some advantages of this treatment are that it is safe, affordable, comfortable, and likely effective.
Spinal decompression therapy works by gently stretching the spine, acting as a pump for the discs. The stretching changes the forces exerted on the spine and the position of the spine. This takes pressure off the spinal discs, the gel-like cushions between the vertebrae creating a negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated discs may retract or pull themselves back to a normal position, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. Because discs do not have a handy blood supply like muscles do, the retraction helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal.