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June 2020
What Is Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a treatment that relieves pressure on the discs in between your vertebrae. Over time, pressure on these discs can cause bulging and even herniations. This pressure can also cause damage to the spine itself as well as the spinal cord. This damage can lead to excruciating pain caused by pinching on the nerves. Spinal decompression works by stretching and releasing the vertebrae in you lumbar or cervical spine in a way that your body will not fight against. Over time, your discs can reform to their natural shape and size, protecting you as they were meant to.

Lumbar decompression

9935797_orig 2A therapist will secure a belt around your hips which attaches to a machine. This machine will then pull the belt (and your lower spine) to a set amount of pressure. The machine will hold at that pressure for 45 seconds after which, it will release to half the pressure allowing your muscles to relax. The amount of pressure will be gradually increased to achieve the maximum results for each individual.

Cervical Decompression

Cervical decompression works in much the same way as lumbar decompression.                                                    A therapist will place pads dts_cervical1 3on either side of your neck. This will slowly pull your neck to a set amount of pressure and hold for 30 seconds then release to half the pressure for 15 seconds. The goal of either decompression is to allow the discs to heal and retain the natural curvature that supports your body.

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