A degenerative process affecting the vertebral disc and facet joints that develops gradually with age. Facet joints become enlarged causing the ligaments around the spinal canal to thicken and bone spurs to form. The condition can narrow the spinal canal which results in the compression of the spinal cord and nerve roots. The chronic compression can lead to spinal cord damage, causing symptoms such as weakness, numbness, impaired walking and radicular pain.
The Benefits of Spinal Decompression
1. It’s Effective
Healing will begin as soon as after the first session. Each spinal decompression session lasts about 30 to 45 minutes long depending on the severity, and is recommended to be done around 15 to 30 times over a six-week period. A harness is used to gently stretch the spine, which opens each pressure filled disc and allows for oxygen and fluids to flow – immediately relieving pain.
2. It’s Safe
With no need for surgery or drugs, spinal decompression can be a safer alternative than other treatment methods. The chances of being injured during this process are zero to none, so there’s no fear or anxiety before-hand like there would be before going into an operating room.
3. It's Painless
Enjoy a completely painless and relaxing treatment. During a spinal decompression session, a harness is gently fastened around the hips while you are positioned on a decompression table, which slowly moves vertically to stretch the spine. This process can be very relaxing as pressure is relieved between each vertebra.
4. It's Cost Effective
Compared to surgery, spinal decompression is a much less costly option with a quick recovery time. Spinal surgery can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and has a chance of not being 100% effective. Spinal decompression will also allow for a full recovery of disc problems with speedy recovery, medication free. Surgery requires a long recovery process and pain medication, often leading to negative side effects.
5. Fewer Side Effects
Although rare, spinal decompression side effects may include minor muscle spasms and slight pain, whereas side effects of spinal surgery can include bleeding, infection, negative reaction to drugs, stroke, heart attack or nerve damage. It’s safe to say that spinal decompression treatment is a better option when available.