Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain and neck pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. In doing so, bulging or herniated discs may retract and relieve pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine that may be causing your pain. Spinal traction, as a result, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal properly.
If you may be suffering from tightness or stiffness in your back or your neck, spinal decompression therapy may be right for you. Gravity is always compressing our joints throughout the day, and with decompression therapy, we allow our bodies to release tension on the discs and nerves.
Typically, results can be seen after the first session, but research points to 10-12 sessions to fully experience lasting effects. Treatment varies from person to person and is up to the provider to structure the best treatment plan for you.
As with any procedure, there are always side effects. However, spinal decompression is a gentle procedure with minimal side effects. Some patients report soreness in the area of decompression that typically does not last longer than 12 hours, and often followed by relief. It is common to feel some soreness after your session, as your body is not used to being decompressed.
Each session runs from about 12-18 minutes of traction therapy. Lower back traction is typically a longer session compared to neck traction.
Non-surgical treatments for back pain
Spinal decompression therapy