Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is the result of spinal traction. Taking the pressure off your spine by stretching it apart decompresses any area of narrowing. If you have a compressed or narrowed spinal segment that had damaged one of your intervertebral discs, because it was under too much pressure, you can use a traction device that will stretch those vertebrae apart and create room for the disc to breathe again and have a chance to heal.


How does Spinal Decompression Work?

The aim of spinal decompression is to stretch out a compressed spinal segment either in the neck or the lower back so that the bulging disc material will retract back into place and the disc can absorb needed oxygen, water and nutrients. This in turn relieves pressure on pinched nerve roots in the spine that are giving symptoms of radiating pain down one’s limb. With repeat treatment the disc becomes more hydrated and begins to regain its proper shape and function as a shock absorber for the spine. The bulging disc material is drawn in because spinal decompression creates a negative suction that draws everything in as more space is created by the traction device.


How to get Spinal Decompression Treatments

There are different decompression devices out there and one you might be familiar with is the DRX 9000 which is offered by some chiropractors but at a very high cost to use. This machine works to pull apart an isolated area of your spine where your injury is to provide targeted spinal decompression.


With the high cost of visiting the chiropractor to use their expensive machine it is wise to invest in a home traction device that you can use to recover and then later prevent relapse in the comfort of your own home. This does not mean using an inversion table that flips you upside down in a most uncomfortable position. It is just a much more simplified but just as effective version of the DRX 9000. You lie down on a flat surface, strap yourself in, and use a hand held pump that controls the amount of stretch. There are two brands that offer at home traction, Saunders and ComforTrac and they offer either lower back traction or neck traction.


Saunders Lumbar Traction gives Spinal Decompression

As introduced above the Saunders Lumbar Traction and the Saunders Cervical Traction units are spinal decompression devices that you can use at home to treat either neck and arm pain or lower back and leg pain. This device was created by a physiotherapist passionate about helping his patients recover without surgery and he succeeded in doing so with his traction devices that treated the source of the injury. When seeking sciatica pain relief in your leg you will need the lumbar (lower back) traction, whereas, if you want relief from radiculopathy pain down your arm from your neck then the cervical traction will work on your neck.


Regina (10 Posts)

I have firsthand experience of battling sciatica pain for over half a year before I found complete recovery. It was due to miss diagnosis and running into the wrong doctors for advice. It wasn't until I found the right physiotherapist that I found myself starting to recover but I reached a plateau and had to find something to fully recover. For me that was lumbar traction and it was truly my saving grace to finally be able to do the activities I love doing again.

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