Spinal decompression therapy has a high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs, even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction-based treatment for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.
By significantly reducing intradiscal pressure, spinal decompression promotes retraction of the herniation into the disc and facilitates influx of oxygen, proline, and other substrates. The promotion of fibro-elastic activity stimulates repair and inhibits leakage of irritant sulfates and carboxylates from the nucleus. The most recent trial sought to correlate clinical success with MRI evidence of disc repair in the annulus, nucleus, facet joint, and foramina as a result of treatment and found that reduction of disc herniation ranged between 10% and 90% depending on the number of sessions performed, while annulus patching and healing was evident in all cases.
Yes! One study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases, and other studies reported that the majority of herniated disc patients achieved “good” to “excellent” results after spinal decompression therapy.
“To Your Health” magazine featured an article about spinal decompression therapy authored by Dr. James Edwards. In the article, Dr. Edwards discussed the safety and effectiveness of this non-surgical treatment for spinal disc herniations.
The most recent clinical study of 219 patients has showed that spinal decompression therapy provided an immediate resolution of symptoms for 86% of the participants, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment.