A lot of types of pain in areas like the neck, back, arms, and legs are due to spinal problems, which can be caused by inadequate space between the joints. There can be many conditions that result in joint space narrowing, and this problem can contribute to disability because the pain can be hard to relieve. Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive procedure that makes use of a machine to help the joint spaces become wider and relieve the pressure on the nerves that cause the pain.
Motorized devices and moveable traction tables specially designed for decompression are used to lengthen the spine. The time and intensity of decompression will vary from one individual to the next depending on the person’s weight and area of affectation, and will be computed and entered into the machine for it to deliver the accurate amount of decompression force.
The aim of this therapy is to relieve pressure on the spinal joints and intervertebral disc through intermittent relaxation and distraction in conjunction with the right position depending on the level of the spine affected. Positioning allows accurate isolation of a disc level and delivers treatment directly to the source of pain for precise targeting of the symptom.
The intermittent distraction also helps in the circulation of nutrients and blood flow into the disc space, which creates a healing environment especially for people who have problems with their intervertebral discs. Pain relief is often felt after decompression and enables patients to return to normal function quicker.
The process of decompression involves the patient lying on the decompression table, properly positioned to target the spinal joint affected. This may mean placing a bolster under the knee to keep the legs up. The body is stabilized and positioning straps are placed to assist proper position during the pull. The treatment is not painful and will cause the patient to relax and sometimes even sleep. Some patients feel adequate pain relief after a few sessions, but multiple treatments are recommended for longer-lasting relief.
Body and Back Medical uses a Chattanooga machine for its decompression therapy procedures, which is a trusted medical equipment brand.