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Spinal decompression has been an important part of my practice for some years now, and while it is a remarkably effective treatment for the vast majority of patients with herniated and/or degenerated spinal disc symptoms, it is not an appropriate remedy for every back pain patient. Sadly, financial investment in the provision of spinal decompression services often tends to encourage doctors to prescribe it in cases where it may not be required or suggested. No therapy is 100 percent successful, but the outcomes can be far from perfect when doctors are not as selective as they should be in what patients they admit. Even more worried is the risk that with this form of treatment some patients may even get worse when doctors prescribe it improperly for financial reasons. Have a look at Spinal Solutions Chiropractor for more info on this.

Spinal decompression is an advanced form of manipulation of the spinal cord used to treat specific back pain and related conditions such as sciatica. The primary difference between true spinal decompression machines and traction (and inversion) machines is that spinal decompression machines are set up to “trick” the muscles of the spinal cord into remaining relaxed during care, allowing for greater disc pressure changes than with normal traction, which has to overcome muscle resistance. As someone who used daily traction for my patients before, I can attest to the fact that, ultimately, true decompression systems produce dramatically better outcomes. The treatment for spinal decompression provides excellent results for many people, but some do not get any relief at all, and others may also feel worse. I will try to explain why these treatment failures are most common, and give suggestions on how to determine when spinal decompression is and is not likely to help.

From my experience, those who have one or more bulging or herniated spinal disks and/or mild to moderate disk degeneration are the best patients for this form of treatment. Many patients who have already undergone disk surgery also make good candidates for spinal decompression, provided they have no specific problems that would exclude them, such as metal implants in the spine, spinal weakness and/or other sort of healing disability at the surgery site. Following the prescribed spinal decompression treatment protocol, the vast majority of patients who qualify under these conditions should usually get excellent results and be able to resume their daily activities without major pain after passing.