Spinal decompression is a treatment method in which the chiropractor manipulates the spine in such a way to allow gravity to use the body's own weight to gently separate the vertebrae of the spine. With the DRX 900, the machine uses mild pressure to create the same results. As the vertebrae are slowly separated, the vacuum that is created realigns the small disc so that it glides naturally back into its original position. During a spinal decompression treatment, the patient lays flat on their back on a special table that is designed to apply pressure in specific ways to achieve the separation of the vertebrae.
Spinal decompression can relieve pressure all along the spinal column. It is very effective at reducing the pain and discomfort of herniated or bulging discs. When two discs begin to press together on one side, the result causes the disc that lies between the two vertebrae becomes pinched between them. This forces the disc to bulge outside of the protective bony ring of the vertebrae. If this is not corrected, the disc may become compromised causing it to leak or rupture. Spinal decompression relieves the pressure and allows the disc to return to its natural position. Once the disc has been damaged, it may take more than one session to create long lasting results.
Spinal decompression is an effective treatment that can stand on its own. However, when used with other treatment methods, the results tend to be longer lasting. Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy are both effective treatments that can be used to support the results of a spinal decompression treatment. When an adjustment is made along with a spinal decompression treatment, the musculoskeletal structure is allowed to maintain its natural position for longer periods of time. Including a massage therapy session provides support to the muscles and connective tissues, allowing them to aid in the healing process.