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Spinal Decompression


Spinal decompression therapy emerged due to NASA. During space missions, NASA noticed that astronauts experienced back pain relief in anti-gravity environments. It was realized that spinal disc heights were increased. With these findings, the new technology of spinal decompression therapy was developed. Spinal decompression therapy entails the use of a motorized device or traction table to stretch the spine. It is often used to relieve back pain or leg pain due to spinal injuries like herniated disc, bulging disc and sciatica. Both decompression and traction therapy create a negative pressure to reposition disc material and create a low pressure in the disc to enhance the delivery of healing nutrients to the disc. During spinal decompression therapy, the patient is harnessed around the hips and a harness is attached to the table near the feet. The upper part of the traction table stays in a fixed position and the lower part of the traction table slides back and forth to provide relaxation and traction.

Studies have proven that spinal decompression therapy is highly effective in the treatment of low back pain. Studies show that 86% of people treated with spinal compression therapy report immediate symptom relief, and many experience relief for up to 90 days after treatment. Spinal decompression is painless and totally relaxing. As a matter of fact, some folks even fall asleep during treatment. Typically, individual sessions last around 30 minutes. For optimal results of spinal decompression therapy, it is recommended to have several sessions.


Our doctors at Rivas Medical Centers will develop a spinal decompression therapy treatment plan that meets your goals based on your specific spinal condition.

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