Back pain is epidemic in our country, affecting more than 21 million Americans. One common cause of back pain is age. Bone strength and muscle elasticity decrease as we grow older. The discs in our spine lose fluid and flexibility, decreasing their ability to cushion the vertebrae. Injuries also result in significant back pain for millions of Americans. Herniated or bulging discs, which press on the delicate nerves in the spine, are a major cause of lower-back pain.
A herniated disc pushes outside its normal location between vertebrae and puts pressure on sensitive nerve roots, which causes severe pain. Other symptoms of disc herniation include numbness and a burning sensation in the lower back.
In the past, conventional treatment for back pain centered on medication, physical therapy, and surgery and too often these approaches offered little long-term relief. Now there’s a new option for those in suffering chronic back pain: spinal decompression therapy. Spinal decompression does far more than provide temporary relief from pain. In many cases, it can produce long-term pain relief and healing because it actually corrects the problem of a herniated discs.
Spinal decompression works by applying a gentle force at the correct angles through the use of a specially-designed treatment machine. Patients lie face up on the treatment table and a computerized system applies gentle pressure that manipulates the vertebrae in the affected area to stretch and relax the spine. The gentle stretching relieves pressure on the discs and forms a vacuum that creates a negative pressure that draws herniated material back into the disc, much the same way that toothpaste is sucked back into the tube once you stop squeezing it. This takes pressure off the sensitive nerves that surround the spine and allows the disc to heal.
Many people report immediate relief of symptoms and have been able to avoid painful back surgery as a result. One study published in Orthopedic Technology Review found that of 219 patients in the study, 86% reported “immediate resolution of symptoms” after completing decompression therapy.