Spinal Decompression Physical Therapy
Spinal decompression is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, when done right by a trained expert in physiotherapy, you’ll feel better after each session.
Spinal decompression therapy, combined with spinal decompression exercises, help you avoid invasive surgical interventions and relieve chronic back pain. At our PT center you’ll have access to a variety of physical therapy modalities to ensure you’re performing at your peak levels.
If you have chronic back pain or neck pain, it can be difficult to focus on much of anything other than pain relief. When there’s excessive strain on the discs that act as cushions between the vertebrae of your spine, it’s known as spinal compression. The condition really affects how your entire body functions. With the mantra that proclaims: “Your body is made to move!” — physical therapy practice offers treatments designed to relieve you of the debilitating discomfort of spinal compression.
Our PT specialists use a unique, one-on-one approach to your pain relief and treatment that often includes spinal decompression.
The special spinal decompression exercises that you’re encouraged to do at home also help to decompress your spine and relieve the pressure.
Conditions That May Benefit from Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression therapy provides relief from a variety of disc-related conditions. These conditions may be caused by illness or injury. Some examples include:
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Pinched nerve
- Worn-down spinal joints
- Diseased or injured spinal nerve roots
What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression is a traction-based non-surgical alternative to treating pain in your lumbar (lower) or cervical (upper) spine. It works by gently stretching your spine to separate the discs, which are gel-like cushions between the vertebral bones.
It’s an ideal alternative that may be able to allow you to avoid more invasive procedures down the line. Spinal decompression therapy is a form of mechanical spinal traction.
The goal is to relieve pressure on the nerves in your back by stretching out your spine, creating a little more space between those bones.
When the pressure is relieved, your nerves and discs have room to breathe, and pain relief follows. Your top PT specialist can adjust the amount of traction force, the amount of time force is applied, and the traction angle by using computer software.
How Is It Performed
Your therapist clearly instructs you on the correct position to take when you get on the traction table. It may be either face-up or face down. Once you’re on the motorized table, you notice that the bottom half of the table is movable. A harness is placed around your hips and attached to the lower part of the table near your feet. By moving the lower part of the table, your therapist can create the appropriate traction to suit your specific requirements.
At TRI PT, a one-on-one approach assures that you receive specific spinal decompression treatments designed for your unique needs. Most likely, you undergo a series of treatments that may last as long as 30 to 45 minutes apiece.
You shouldn’t feel any pain from therapy either before or during the session. You may feel a stretching sensation in your spine, but that usually feels pretty good. Your physical therapist lets you know how many sessions you’ll need to achieve your specific treatment goals.
Spinal Decompression Exercises
An easy way to improve your spinal compression condition, in addition to visiting TRI Physical Therapy, is by doing spinal decompression exercises. Your physical therapist can guide you in doing exercises that can stretch your spine and relieve some of the pain associated with a disc injury or deterioration.
Spinal decompression exercises are similar to doing yoga. They involve slow controlled movements and stretching through your back. You’ll work with your physical therapist to create a combination of exercises that are helpful to you. Besides the exercises you do, while you’re at a physical therapy session, you’ll be given spinal decompression exercises to do at home regularly.
Relief of Back Pain Through Physical Therapy
Your physical therapist carefully evaluates the symptoms you’re experiencing and your ability to participate in spinal decompression exercises or other forms of physical therapy, like spinal manipulation.
Your therapist is highly trained in recognizing and treating disc problems, allowing him to develop a treatment plan that offers relief from your back or neck pain. The goal is always to get you back to your normal activities.
Don’t give up on finding a solution to your discomfort. Spinal decompression therapy may be the answer you’re looking for if you’ve been living with chronic pain. Your body is designed to move, and your TRI Physical Therapy team designs programs developed to get and keep you moving throughout your rehabilitation. Schedule an evaluation to get started.