Spinal Decompression Therapy Explained

Dr. Lambros Lambrou Feb 10, 2014

You may have heard the term ‘non-surgical spinal decompression therapy’ floating around or maybe you have seen a picture of a device that you can only imagine to be similar to an ancient torture device used to stretch people apart. Relax. It’s definitely not a torture device, but what exactly is non-surgical spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy certainly has a history. It stems back to hundreds of years ago with that torture device I mentioned before. In the dark ages it was used to “stretch a secret” out of someone but the idea stuck around and evolved into what we call traction, a now advanced form of therapy that can be used for a misaligned bone, spasming muscle, pinched nerve, etc.

These ideas continued to evolve. Apparently, decades ago astronauts began reporting that while they were in space, they experienced a great relief from back pain. One small step for man, one giant leap for your spine… and the development of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. Spinal decompression is a technique that replicates the anti-gravity state of space and allows the spinal discs to regain their normal height, hydration, and healthy status.

In an article in Orthopedic Technology Review titled Surgical Alternatives: Spinal Decompression, results showed that 86% of 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% of patients remained pain free 90 days post treatment.

Patients who suffer from low back pain, sciatica, and neck pain are all excellent candidates for this therapy. If you are suffering from pain or you were told your next step is surgery, Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine can help. Contact us to find out if spinal decompression therapy is a good option for you.