Spinal decompression therapy is executed with a mechanical traction table which provides a continuous, cyclical or intermittent force along the long axis of the spine.
The traction force reduces unwarranted stress on the joints, nerves and connective tissue of the neck and back, relieving pain, improving mobility and enhancing function.
Spinal decompression therapy is often used to treat disc herniations, a bulge of the gel-like substance within the interverterbral disc. As the tissue is stretched with computer-controlled tension, the distraction force creates a negative pressure within the disc resulting in oxygenation, hydration and nutrification of the disc material, promoting proper healing. The mechanical traction facilitates the reduction of a disc herniation or a bulge. Furthermore, the distraction force reduces the mechanical impingement of the spinal nerve roots, lessening upper extremity or lower extremity (sciatic) pain.