Spinal decompression is an effective treatment for patients with neck or low back pain caused by disk bulges or disk herniations. It is especially effective for patients with sciatica-like symptoms (pain/numbness/tingling into the arms or legs).
This form of gentle, motorized traction can help relieve back pain. The spinal decompression table gently stretches the spine; this in turn alleviates pressure on the spinal disks. As a result, any bulging or herniated disks may retract back into the original position, which then takes pressure off the surrounding nerves. By giving the disk more space, it also allows more water, oxygen, and nutrients into the disks to precipitate natural healing.