Spinal decompression is a conservative form of treatment for the management of pain for patients suffering with neck, low back pain and sciatica. Many patients have experienced relief of pain and symptoms associated with herniated discs, bulging or protruding intervertebral discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome and sciatica.
The theory behind non-surgical spinal decompression is a process whereby gentle forces are applied to the spine in a manner that maximizes spinal elongation. Spinal elongation is maximized when muscles that guard the spine from injury are relaxed. When these paraspinal muscles relax during spinal decompression, the pressure inside the thecal sac of the spine will drop creating a vacuum effect and decreasing the pressure to the nerves and intervertebral disc. This facilitates the movement of fluid, carrying nutrients and oxygen inside the disc. Additionally, the reductions in pressure may help draw in herniated disc fluids, reducing the size of the herniation.