What Is Spinal Decompression?

For patients suffering from bulging discs or herniated discs, spinal decompression therapy may provide the relief they need from their painful symptoms. Spinal decompression therapy is non-surgical, and it serves as a safe and effective alternative to addictive painkillers and invasive procedures.

At Denver Physical Medicine, we offer spinal decompression therapy in Denver. Is this treatment right for you? Keep reading to learn more about what spinal decompression is and how it works.

What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?Denver spinal decompression therapy

Spinal decompression therapy is a treatment during which the spine is gently stretched using a traction table or a similar device. Your spine is made up of vertebrae and discs, or a spongy materials that serves as a cushion between the vertebrae. When these discs become injured, the material inside may bulge outward, putting pressure on the spinal nerves.

During spinal decompression therapy, the spine is gradually lengthened and decompressed. This results in a vacuum inside the discs that draws the bulging material back inside. This relieves pressure on the nerves and eases pain. Decompressing the spine also creates negative pressure which facilitates the flow of oxygen, nutrients and fluids back into the disc to allow for a better healing environment.

Is Spinal Decompression Right for Me?

Spinal decompression is safe and effective for many patients suffering from disc problems. It is generally safe, and it is not painful. Most patients report experiencing a gentle pulling sensation and mild discomfort during treatment. Many report significant symptom relief after just a few sessions.

Talk to your Denver physical therapist to determine whether this course of treatment will suit your specific needs.

Spinal Decompression in Denver

To learn more about spinal decompression in Denver, please contact Denver Physical Medicine & Rehab today. Please call 303-757-7280 to schedule a free initial consultation with a top Denver physical therapist.