The therapy known as Spinal Decompression is associated with a stretching of the spine, which uses a motorized device or a traction table, with the aim of relieving pain in the legs or the back. This particular procedure is a nonsurgical decompression opposed to the surgical based spinal decompressions, like a micro discectomy and Laminectomy.
The Theory Behind The Spinal Decompression
The devices used in a spinal decompression make use of the principle associated with spinal traction that is on offer by osteopaths, chiropractors, and other trained health practitioners. Both decompression and traction therapy are used with the main aim of not only relieving the pain but encouraging the best type of healing environment in association to herniated, degenerating or bulging discs.
Spinal decompression is described as a traction type therapy applied in the area of the spine which attempts to derive many theoretical benefits that include:
- The creation of negative intradiscal-pressure that promotes the repositioning or retraction of bulging or herniated disc material.
- The creation of lowered pressure inside the disc which promotes the influx of necessary healing nutrients along with any other substances inside the disc.
A Spinal Decompression Session
During a session of spinal decompression for the lumbar spine (lower back), the patient will remain clothed while lying on a table that is motorized. The lower part of this table is designed to move.
- The practitioner will then attach a harness around the area of the hips which is attached near the feet portion of the table.
- The upper part of this table will remain fixed, while the lower portion where the patient has been harnessed to will slide in a back-and-forth motion to provide traction followed by relaxation.
One of the differences between the different decompression therapies will be the way that the patient is positioned on a table:
- Certain devices will necessitate that the patient lies in the typical lying-face down position, for example, the VAX-D.
- Other devices will necessitate that the patient lies face-up or supine, for example, the DRX9000.
The therapy on a patient should never cause pain during or even after the procedure, although the patient should be able to experience a feeling that the spine is stretching.
Treatment And Costs
While the spinal decompression therapies are suggested as potential treatment plans for various conditions associated with lower back pain, the patient always has the choice of whether to participate in such a treatment plan.
Decompression therapy will involve sessions of 15 up to 30 treatments that last around 30 to 45 minutes for each session over a period of 4 to 6 weeks. The costs involved for each of these sessions can range from anything between $30 to $200 that will mean that the recommended treatment plan could cost anything from $450 to $6,000. Even though the insurance companies are willing to pay for the standard, traditional traction, the decompression therapy is not typically covered even though they are very similar in nature.