Spinal decompression is a type of traction therapy applied to the spine
The treatment parameters are decided on by the practitioner and will vary according to the patient profile and the clinical condition. The treatment cycle will oscillate where the machine will pull for a period of time and then release 50% force for a period of time. This creates a pumping effect allowing the disc to rehydrate and the disc material to work its way back into the disc.
The patient should not feel pain during or after the decompression therapy although they should feel a stretch in the spine. The treatment time can vary from 15 min to 30 min per session and the patient will normally require between 12 - 24 visits. It is important that this treatment is in conjunction with a rehabilitation program that teaches self management strategies and core stabilization.