Decompression therapy is a process of gently taking the pressure off of the vertebra, allowing them to gradually separate and return to their normal position. Decompression is achieved by using traction to help separate the bones and connective tissue. As the bones of the spine are gently pulled apart, a vacuum of sorts is created and the bulging or herniation is relieved and the disc is allowed to go back to the area where it was originally located. This removes the inflammation and pressure that was placed on the nerve causing pain and discomfort. This type of therapy is beneficial for both the cervical and lumbar sections of the spine and can prevent numbness and tingling in both the arms and legs.
Decompression therapy can help to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with bulging or herniated discs, as well as other conditions that may place pressure on the spinal column. Herniated discs put pressure on the nerves and other tissues that lie around the spine. This can result in inflammation that eventually impedes blood flow. Diminished blood flow and pressure on the nerves can lead to joint pain, headache pain, neck pain, hip pain, and numbness and tingling that extends down into the leg that eventually turns to pain. Over time if this type of problem is left untreated, scar tissue can form making the problems much harder to treat with alternative therapies.
When decompression therapy is used, the results can be long lasting. When the pressure is taken off of the soft tissues around the spine and allowed to properly heal. They become stronger and better able to hold the vertebra in place. When decompression therapy is used in conjunction with other treatment methods, the healing response will be much quicker and more effective. Relieving the pressure in the area around the vertebra also re-establishes blood flow. While it may take more than one decompression therapy session to achieve positive results, once the pressure is relieved the healing will begin and the condition will continue to improve with each treatment.
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