Decompression therapy may sound like something only NASA would use for some experiment or trip to the moon. However, decompression therapy is a way to stretch the spine and it decompresses the discs in your back. This technique separates the vertebrae from one another. Decompression therapy helps to separate the discs in your back and by doing so will allow the herniated discs time to heal. Decompression therapy can take up to seven weeks which includes up to 28 treatments that will move the discs in your back slightly during each treatment. This type of therapy allows the discs and vertebrae have to heal while helping nutrients to enter into the vertebrae and discs. The treatments with this type of therapy will take at least 30 to 45 minutes at a time to complete.
The conditions that can cause back pain are as follows,
- Spinal curvatures (scoliosis)
- Overused muscles
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Muscle strain
- Discs that are degenerating
- Spinal stenosis
- Fixations of vertebrae
- Poor alignment
Can this type of therapy help with back pain?
The only way any type of therapy will help is if the patient will follow the instructions of their doctor’s orders. Make sure to refrain from certain activities and request physical therapy. You can help to reduce back pain by drinking at least a half-gallon of water a day. This will re-hydrate your discs in your back. The doctor may want you to begin taking supplements that will assist in the reduction of your back pain.
What types of damaged discs can cause pain in your back
According to the Arizona back Institute the types of discs that will cause pain in your back or neck are as follows,
- Bulging discs
- Degenerative discs
- Herniated discs
These types of discs can cause arm pain, leg cramps, neck pain, and pain in your back. This type of therapy is a better alternative to surgery. If the disc does not receive a good blood flow the disc will not be able to heal properly. A disc cannot properly hydrate if the disc is damaged or torn. If a disc is damaged this can cause more inflammation or damage, and sometimes more pain.
Therapy with decompression can be a good alternative to surgery but as with any other type of therapy there are risks. Decompression is considered to be less invasive than surgery. Before you begin any type of treatments you should have a full physical exam. Doctors will perform a MRI and X-rays in order to determine what type of therapy is best for you and your current condition.
Whatever treatment you decide that you would like to try in order to help relieve or eliminate your pain you are experiencing in your back do the research and ask questions. However, the first step to begin treatment on you pain in your back is to consult a doctor. Follow the doctor’s advice and seek professional, certified treatments, and follow all instructions.