Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is one of loads of effective, all-natural treatments for certain types of chronic lower back pain. Realistically, spinal decompression uses slow, gentle traction to stretch your back and spine thus relieving pressure on spinal discs. Spinal decompression using inversion therapy, chiropractic manual adjustments, or spinal decompression technology like the Back Ease is one of the ideal therapeutics constructed for back pain, sciatic pain, and in scores of instances bulging discs in a number of years. According to information, spinal decompression has a superb success rate for permanent pain relief.

Inversion therapy using an inversion treatment table is tremendously valuable for preventative back care as well as relief from pain for current conditions oftentimes. Chiropractors have been providing spinal decompression using their all-natural techniques for scores of years.

 

Modern technological advance in the medical and health care field are incredible. There are loads of state of the art spinal decompression machines on the market now and loads of are available for personal use such as the Back Ease for several forms of back pain in your low back.. Be aware, old spinal traction systems using pulleys and weights have been proven to do more harm than terrific when it comes to soothing back pain or restoring back health.

As you may know, spinal decompression can be used to deal with a number of different issues regarding back pain in your lower back. Frequently, spinal decompression is used to care for lower back and sciatica pain. Essentially, spinal decompression will reduce the compression on the discs of the spine and spinal nerves which in turn relieves the pain generally resulting from the sciatic nerve or nerves.

Over and above that, the most prevalent spinal concern treated with spinal decompression treatment is a herniated disc. In essence, over time spinal compression will cause slightly slipped disc to bulge, putting pressure on surrounding spinal nerve roots. Spinal decompression treatment takes the pressure off these damaged discs so that the protruding disc will contract in size therefore no longer protruding out from the spinal column and causing pain as it touches nerves.

Another typical condition treated with spinal decompression therapy is degenerative disc disease. Disc degeneration and deterioration attributable to spinal compression is reasonably commonplace as one ages. Dismally, in some instances, this can cause spinal nerve compression and other forms of common lower back pain. Spinal decompression will reduce or maybe even wipeout the pain associated with degenerated discs. Another common condition treated with decompression therapy is facet joint syndrome. Unfortunately, this concern gets the least promising results for permanent pain relief out of all of the concerns. In essence, aging and the arthritic process of facet joint syndrome causes pain in the vertebral bones. Certainly, spinal decompression treatment does help to create more space between the vertebrae, which should reduce or mitigate the pain.

Spinal decompression using inversion therapy, chiropractic manual manipulations, or spinal decompression technology like the Back Ease is one of many effective, all-natural treatments. Frequently, back or spinal surgical operation is unsuccessful and a multitude of risks, dangers, and complications associated with it. Obviously, any surgical treatment should be avoided whenever possible.

The technology used by the Back Ease or Seated Inversion Therapy Tables like the Teeter EP 550 are absolutely cutting edge. As I said earlier, the advances in modern medical technology are excellent. Along with that, there are several sites offering FREE in-home trials as well as reviews of inversion therapy tables such as TryInversionTherapy.com.

So, if you have tried several unsuccessful therapies for your lower back pain, please consider spinal decompression therapy as a final option prior to a back surgical treatment. Clearly, it there was a misdiagnosis of the actual pain producing concern then most likely your pain will not respond to the spinal decompression treatment.

A number of back pain sufferers with low back pain, sciatica, slipped discs, degenerative disc disease, and countless other forms of chronic pain are in essence suffering from psychological pain built by their mind more than their physical concern. Of course, no one is saying to ignore physical signs and symptoms of any back pain in your lower back related problem. However, we are saying that many times the pain exists long after the physical problem has been corrected which is as a result of psychological pain. Beyond any doubt, chronic or long term back pain in your lower back is rare for the majority of back pain and sciatica sufferers. So, we suggest that you maintain a positive attitude and consider cognitive behavior therapy to make sure you are doing everything you can both physically and mentally to soothe the pain.

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Written By:
Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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  1. Avatar PATRICK HAMILTON says:

    Following your very favorable reviews of the Nubax Trio in 2012 I managed to get one sent to me from Australia and have found it invaluable in removing all my back pains. You don’t seem to be mentioning it now on your website. Has your assessment changed? If so why? With my daily use of Nubax I never have a problem now!

    1. Avatar Admin says:

      Hi Patrick,
      Thank you for your question. It is a great device we simply can not import it in a way that makes sense for us.

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Spinal Decompression

What is it and Will it Work for You and Your Condition?

By Steven Hefferon, PTA, CMT

Generally speaking, spinal decompression is a linear force pulling on the body to create negative pressure between each vertebra. This negative pressure will cause a misaligned disc to be sucked back into place and create more space between the vertebrae so that more blood and oxygen can get to the area. It also will remove any pressure on spinal nerves because of the misalignment.

That’s the basic theory behind the techniques I’m going to outline for you. Each has its pros and cons, and none of them should be considered alone but rather as one part of a comprehensive back pain recovery program. A word of caution: The fact that a technique may have gotten approval from the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t necessarily mean it works better than any of the others – or is even worth trying. More about that later.

Some conditions typically treated with spinal decompression include bulging or herniated discs, lumbar strains, sciatica, degenerative discs, spinal arthritis, degenerative joint disease, post-surgical low back pain, and acute back pain.

Let’s take a look at four spinal decompression techniques, their effect on the body, and their intended outcomes.

Inversion Therapy

This practice of hanging upside down to apply gentle traction to the spine has been around for more than 2,000 years. It is based on the principal that when you invert your body, the amount of weight pulling on each level of your spine is directly proportional to the amount of force needed to produce proper alignment.

Here’s how it works: The weight of your head exerts just the right amount of pull for your cervical spine. The weight of your head, neck, chest, shoulders and arms is exactly the right amount of combined weight needed for the thoracic spine. The same goes for the lumbar spine: the weight of your entire upper body provides just what’s needed to cause spinal decompression, creating the negative pressure between each vertebra that will suck the misaligned disc back into place.

Millions of inversion tables have been sold throughout the world over the past 25 years. These devices allow you to comfortably recline your body until it is completely inverted, and the results are indisputable. Inversion works and should be considered part of any complete healing program.

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Manual Distraction

As a massage therapist, I’d have to say that this is my favorite technique because it allows you to put every single joint under manual distraction – from the fingers to the spine. Now when I say manual distraction, I mean that someone has to do the pulling. While pulling on a finger is easy, pulling to distract the spine is not. So, if you decide to have a health care professional work on your back using manual distraction, understand that their strength and skill level will determine how effective they are going to be.

A personal note: In 1991 at one of Pennsylvania’s top ski resorts, I took a few too many moguls and put my back into serious misalignment, which caused me a great deal of pain. I hobbled in to work the following Monday and had one of our physical therapists try manual distraction on me. Within two minutes I walking upright and pain free. I can tell you first hand-It works!

Mechanical Pelvic Traction

This is the most common spinal decompression technique, and most physical therapists and chiropractors will have this piece of equipment in their offices. There are two harnesses – one for your chest and one for your hips. The external force can be easily controlled, and the device can be set on continuous or intermittent pull. Most first-time clients start at 50 percent of their body weight. Your legs should be at a 90 degree angle to your upper your body. If that’s not enough, the table you are lying on can be split in two so your hips can move with the pull. Typical treatments will last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes. On each subsequent visit, the amount of pull should be increased by 10 pounds.

I have personally administered thousands of pelvic traction treatments. Most of my patients say they feel better immediately after one treatment, though I highly recommend additional visits to ensure long-lasting results. Having said that, I can tell you that in 1993 I put a young male on pelvic traction for 20 minutes who came to my office complaining of severe pain from a herniated disc. When he got off the device, it was like a miracle. I never saw him after that visit, so I can’t say he never had a problem again. But the initial treatment brought him almost instant relief.

State of the art DRX 9000 Spinal Decompression

Yes, it looks cool and, yes, the FDA has approved some of its claims – for whatever that may be worth these days. The manufacturers want you to believe that there is a difference between this device and all the other spinal decompression techniques. If they really can control the angle and amount of pull, while also monitoring the resistance the body is giving back to the device, it sure sounds good. But over the years here at The Healthy Back Institute, I have heard from hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have gone through DRX treatments. I have yet to find anyone who has gotten relief. I can’t say that you won’t get relief from this device. I’m just saying I have not heard good things about it.

Dollars and Sense

Then there’s the cost. An inversion table will run you anywhere from $300 to $500 and will probably last a lifetime. Manual Distraction and Pelvic Traction are going to cost you the going rate per visit to see a qualified therapist. A typical treatment plan using the DRX 9000, or the VAX-D, or the IDD would look something like this – a minimum of 20 treatments, probably three times a week for 6 to 8 weeks. The average payout is around $4,000, and keep in mind that I have not heard one success story about this approach.

The Missing Link

I’ve presented an overview of spinal decompression, given you the pros and cons of various techniques, and told you a few success stories. Before going any further, I again want to caution you that spinal decompression by itself may not give you the relief you seek, but it can be an important part of an overall strategy.

As I mentioned earlier, all of the conditions I’ve listed above are caused by muscle imbalances. Those imbalances, in turn, bring on what is called “postural dysfunction.”

If we dig a little deeper, we find that those postural dysfunctions force the pelvis into an abnormal position. As a result, the spine is forced into abnormal curvature, which over time causes abnormal wear and tear on the discs and vertebrae. This can lead to any number of painful conditions..

Because the development of muscle imbalances and postural dysfunction doesn’t happen overnight, it’s important to understand that your recovery must be a process rather than a quick fix.

If you leave out any of the essential components, you are just wasting your time and money. The good news is that our bodies are very forgiving and extremely adaptive. Based on our habits, patterns, and posture, our muscles are being told throughout the day how they should act. If we have bad habits, patterns, and posture, our muscles will gradually get out of balance. If this continues long enough, we will start experiencing symptoms of one of the conditions I mentioned earlier.

Here’s what I recommend: First, have an assessment done to see if your have any muscle imbalances or postural dysfunction. Next, you need a very precise, targeted stretching and exercise plan based on that assessment. In a sense, you will need an unbalanced workout to bring your body back into balance.

Question: Does the DRX-9000 stretch any of the muscle groups of the hips? Does pelvic traction strengthen any of the core muscles? In fact, do any of the spinal decompression techniques correct muscle imbalances?

The answer to all of those questions is NO. But you shouldn’t be surprised. After all, how could using an external force to create space for the disc to get sucked back into position work if the underlying muscle imbalance isn’t addressed? Even if you got temporary relief, how could you expect the disc to remain in the correct position?

Look at it this way: Back pain is a physical problem that needs a physical solution. Your treatment needs to include a strict stretching and exercise program to get your body back into balance. Once your pelvis is in the correct position and your spine has the correct curvature, your discs naturally will have more space and be less likely to come in contact with any spinal nerves. If you do all you can to correct your muscle imbalances and still experience discomfort, then spinal decompression may be a good option.

Because it can be difficult to find a therapist or chiropractor who will take the time to adequately address muscle imbalances as part of your treatment program, you may want to print out this article and take it along with you. If your health care professional doesn’t work this way, ask him or her to recommend someone who does.

Another alternative is to learn the techniques and principles of Muscle Balance Therapy™

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Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

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Spinal Decompression

https://losethebackpain.com/treatments – Spinal Decompression is a great way to get lasting back pain relief. This video demonstrates a few ways you can decompress your spine. Learn more about spinal decompression and other natural back pain treatments here: https://losethebackpain.com/treatments/

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