Ways Spinal Decompression Can Help With Herniated Discs

Severe back pain is not just unpleasant, but it can be debilitating that would prevent you from performing your daily routine and may confine you to bed for days. Many people suffer from back pain; there are about 31 million Americans who experience back pain at any time of their life. Before, when patients suffered from the chronic pain associated with bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs were usually given incapacitating pain medication, advised to avoid physical activity, or referred to a physical therapist. When they did not heal, they underwent spinal surgery. Fortunately, there are now drug-free and noninvasive treatments for severe back pain, and one of these options is a spinal decompression technique.

Long-lasting back pain can be a huge destruction to your life. You may not be able to think of little except finding relief. Some people turn to spinal decompression therapy.

What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is used to treat bulging, degenerating, and herniated discs. It relieves nerve compression commonly associated with these conditions. At the same time, doctors used it as a non-surgical alternative for back and neck pain, sciatica, torn spinal joints, and injured spinal roots.

Spinal decompression is based on a similar approach as spinal traction given by chiropractors and other trained health care professionals. This procedure aims to relieve back pain and provide quicker healing for degenerating, bulging, or herniated discs. It gently stretches the spine and releases pressure front the spinal discs, creating a small vacuum within the targeted discs. This ‘vacuum effect’ is known as the negative intradiscal pressure. The negative pressure induces the retraction of the herniated disc by helping heal nutrients to reach the disc to double the recovery time.

Spinal experts are confident that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to make a revitalized environment appropriate to the healing of herniated discs. Your decompression specialist will create a treatment plan for you based on your body weight, level of severity, tolerance, and duration of symptoms. This will ensure the best and longest-lasting results.

Spinal Decompression Options

Spinal decompression can be surgical and non-surgical, such as spinal inversion tables and traction tools that decompress the spine using motion.  For those looking for noninvasive options for surgery or medication, spinal decompression is a great option to relieve back pain. It can also be used along with other treatments to maximize results. Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a motorized therapy that gently stretches the spine. This method results in a change of force and position of the spine, taking the spinal discs or nerves’ pressure off. It helps people with back pain as they age.

Spinal decompression is a gentle, non-surgical procedure that provides lower back and neck pain relief, sciatica pain relief. It is an innovative procedure for the bulging spine, herniated or degenerative disc problem in the lumbar regions and the neck. Spinal decompression therapy improves blood flow and nutrient exchange to the injured area. When you are undergoing this procedure, you will experience several stretches and relaxation cycles that can be finished for over 15-18 minutes.

Disc problems are commonly due to old age. Because as you age, the discs that sit between the bones of the spine are losing fluid, resulting in your spine compressing where there is not enough protection between each of your bones.

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Decompression is done using a specific combination of pull, angle in the degree of pull, and specific time to create a negative pressure into the discs in the spine. Like many chiropractic treatments, spinal decompression therapy is performed on the table. The only difference is that the patient is strapped into a harness. You wear a harness around your pelvis and the other one around your abdomen. You then lay on a table where the doctor operates the computer-based system approved by FDA for your specific needs. Once your spine is stretched, the fluid fills the discs that have been losing fluid, which repairs your herniated discs.

The treatment process is safe and relaxing. Some patients have reported a little discomfort during the first few treatment sessions, but it later subsides as the treatment prosper. A patient has a safety switch that allows them to stop at any point should they feel any discomfort in their injured discs. The treatment may take 30-45 minutes and usually done daily for the first 2 weeks and decreased to 3 times a week for the next two weeks and ended with two sessions per week for another and last two weeks.

Candidates for Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal decompression benefits patients with various spine issues and injuries. While this procedure works for many people, it is not good for pregnant women, patients who had spinal fusion or had failed back surgery, patients with broken vertebrae or spinal implant. Before undergoing spinal decompression, the chiropractor evaluates the patient to ensure that they are a proper candidate for the procedure. Once the patient is determined to be an appropriate candidate, they will be given a custom treatment plan based on their needs. It often comes with strengthening and flexibility routines provided by the doctor. Clinical studies come to the conclusion that the most effective long-term results happen when patients take action to prevent injury and re-injury.


Chiropractic treatment for a herniated disc is safe, effective, and long-lasting. If you are suffering from a disc problem, you are responsible for seeking chiropractic care such as spinal decompression to find relief from pain, improve mobility, and achieve a better quality life. You would want to check with your doctor before you submit yourself to any spinal decompression to make sure that you are a right candidate for the treatment. 

If you are interested in spinal decompression, get in touch with Dr. Kistler. He and his team of experts are trained professionals who aim to help their patients find relief from their pain and prevent it from coming back.

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