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What is spinal decompression?

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Decompression Explained

Decompression relieves pressure that builds up the discs and nerves. The task of relieving pain comes about as a result of drawing areas of herniated disc back into place. It also sucks vital fluid and nutrient back into the disc to rehydrate and renourish it.

Decompression achieves this by creating negative pressure within the disc, referred to as negative intra-discal pressure. This creates essentially a vacuum to draw the bulging and herniated disc material into the disc space and relieve pressure.

As the ligaments that hold disc material in place become stretched or torn due to bulging and herniation, decompression strengthens the ligament bands that hold the disc material in place to heal and prevent future recurrence.

In most cases the healing process requires only a few weeks of treatment on an out-patient basis. We have committed to undergo expert training in the delivery of decompression and dedicate a large portion of our practice to the relief of severe and chronic lower back pain. Patients come to us to return to a normal pain-free life.

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