Disc herniation refers to a “slipped,” “blown,” or “ruptured” intervertebral disc. The condition can be due to poor spinal posture, occupational stress, trauma or simply aging. Discs comprise an outer annulus fibrosis layer and an inner core called the nucleus pulposus, which is a soft substance that resembles jelly. The herniation or disc protrusion occurs when the nucleus pulposus bulges through the outer layer. The bulging nucleus pulposus may strain a spinal nerve, affect the blood supply to the nerve roots, and eventually cause the nucleus pulposes to seep out. The body’s autoimmune response to these conditions can ultimately result in serious inflammation and progressive weakening of the discs, leading to neck pain and even pain and numbness in the arms and legs.
Towards Healing and Reduced Pain
Non surgical spinal decompression provides relief for severe back and neck pain by gently reducing the pressure within spinal discs. It is a kind of traction that alternates between distraction and relaxation cycles. Performed using an advanced spinal decompression machine, spinal decompression therapy helps heal the herniated discs in the following manner:
- The reduction in the pressure within the disc causes the formation of a vacuum
- The vacuum sucks the nucleus pulposus back into the disc to reduce the herniation
- Relieving the pressure on the spinal nerves reduces the pain and numbness
- Healing is initiated when the pumping motion allows oxygen and nutrients to enter injured and degenerated discs
Effective Non-surgical Option
If you suffer from a disc herniation but do not want to opt for surgery, this treatment is one you should definitely consult your physician about. It is FDA approved and a treatment session would take no more than 25 minutes. Several sessions may be required to get ideal results but the treatment is definitely worth investigating. Spinal decompression therapy may be supplemented by passive therapies to improve outcomes.