Back pain and other similar symptoms, is a major source of discomfort for the life of an individual; it is not only very disruptive but can also bring your life to a grinding halt if not treated. Therefore, finding relief and treatment are two main courses of action that people often turn to. A common relief that is often offered is spine decompression therapy. Before delving deep into what the therapy is all about, it important to define what spinal therapy is.
Spinal decompression is the procedure that is used to relieve pressure in a single or a number of pinched nerves of the spinal column. It is usually employed in treating conditions that emanate from chronic back pains. Good examples of such conditions include spinal stenosis, disc bulge, sciatia, disc herniation among others. Spinal compression therapy is of can be achieved in tow main ways namely surgically and non-surgically.
- Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy
It is usually performed using two main procedures, namely laminectomy and microdiscectomy.
Laminectomy that is also known as open decompression in medical circles is a surgical procedure that is invasive. It involves the removal of a small portion of the vertebrae arch from the spinal cord in order to eliminate pressure from the pinched nerve.
Microdiscectomy, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure that is minimally invasive. A small portion of a herniated nucleus pulposus is removed using laser or another surgical instrument while at the same time making use of a loupe or an operating microscope to magnify the area of interest.
- Non-surgical Spine Decompression
This is a non-surgical procedure that involves the employment of mechanical traction device which is applied via an on-board computer which is responsible for controlling the force as well as the angle of disc distraction to reduce the natural propensity of the body to generate muscle spasm or resist force exerted externally. This enables spinal decompression tables to apply traction force to the spinal column discs thus relieving the intradiscal pressure. This promotes movement of oxygen, nutrient-rich fluids and water into the discs so that they can effectively heal.
This procedure is usually employed by doctors in an attempt to treat a number of conditions including neck and back pain, tingling that extends all the way to the leg, weakness, worn spinal joints, herniated or bulging discs, diseased spinal nerve roots. The procedure takes between 30 and 45 minutes and an individual needs between 20 and 28 treatment for a period of 5-7 weeks to be fully treated.