Decompression Therapy is a term that refers to spinal decompression therapy which involves the use of a decompression device to stretch the spine to relieve back pain and/or associated leg pain.
Spinal decompression can be achieved through a surgical spinal decompression such as microdiscectomy and laminectomy.
Nonsurgical decompression therapy is not a surgical spinal decompression and involves a drug free approach to lower back pain management and neck pain.
Decompression therapy uses devices that utilize the same basic concept of a spinal traction device that has been utilized for many years by back treatment doctors such as chiropractors.
Decompression therapy is not a traction device therapy, however, it is used to achieve similar results which is to create a negative pressure within the spinal discs.
The reversal of spinal compression results in a repositioning of herniated or bulging discs while creating a lower pressure within the disc that will influx with fluids and healing nutrients thought to promote healing and result in less pain.
During a decompression therapy session, the spine goes through a series of stretching and relaxing. As the decompression therapy takes place, the herniated discs are reduced and the bulging material is pulled back into positioning.
Decompression therapy is used for low back pain and patients remained clothed on a computerized decompression therapy table. While using the table, a harness is placed around the hips of the patient, while the upper torso of the patient is free. During the therapy, the lower portion of the table moves to stretch and relax the spine.
Decompression therapy is not a painful process and has been used successfully to reduce back pain for over many years.
At our chiropractic office in Wexford, PA we offer a unique type of decompression therapy called VAX-D.
VAX-D is a specialized therapy using a VAX-D table that is medically approved by the FDA as an effective back pain treatment therapy.
VAX-D is only available in our Wexford PA office in the Pittsburgh area.