What is spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression, also known as mechanical traction is the application of a pulling force to the spine. We use a specialized traction table and mechanical motor to provide a varying intensity of pull on the spine. Mechanical traction is most commonly applied on the neck and lower back, and works by unloading pressure between the spinal vertebrae. This traction force also takes pressure off the associated structures in the spine including the joints, discs and nerves.
What is expect during treatment?
The Physiotherapist will first conduct a comprehensive assessment and determine whether mechanical traction would be an appropriate treatment for your condition. The clinician would then have you lie on your back, on the traction table. The traction apparatus will be secured to your low back or neck. The appropriate parameters would be entered into the computer and the machine will then slowly pull with an increasing force until you feel a comfortable but strong pull on your back or neck. The traction can be applied in an oscillating or a continuous force for 5 to 15 minutes depending on your condition. Patients may experience an immediate reduction in their symptoms but a usually course of 4-6 sessions would be recommended.
What types of conditions are treated?
Disc injuries (bulge, protrusion, herniation)
Degenerative disc disease
Spinal canal and nerve canal narrowing
Referred pain ("sciatica")