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How do I do the spinal decompression therapy at home with no devices?

How do I do the spinal decompression therapy at home with no devices?

Perhaps you can: If you have good hand and arm strength you could hang from a pull-up bar and let the weight of your trunk and legs put traction on your low back, which may feel good. If you try this, be careful getting up and down, and be careful not to fall. The bar would be equipment. There may be a beam or bar that is part of your living unit, but you need to be sure it will support your total body weight. ...Read more

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Decompression (Definition)

Decompression (surgery), a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis (in spinal decompression), carotid artery stenosis or any condition where a ...Read more


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What is the success rate for spinal decompression therapy?

What is the success rate for spinal decompression therapy?

Since 90% of disc : Herniations get better over time without surgery, anyone can claim a 90% success rate including this spinal decompression therapy so don't spend any money on it! ...Read more

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Who is not a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy?

Who is not a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy?

Not validated : I am assuming that you are referencing the use of spinal decompression tables. These are suppose to work by relieving pressure &/or reducing intradiscal pressure & thereby reducing the size of disc protrusions/herniation. Today there simply are no studies of good quality to support these claims. Further objective studies are needed. At present there are few complications associated, except expense. ...Read more

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Is spinal decompression therapy effective to relieve back pain?

Yes: It can be very helpful for some people although it can be difficult to determine who the best candidates are. It is safe so a trial of it can be done to see if it helps. ...Read more

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Is spinal decompression therapy effective in relieving back pain?

Maybe: Try it. If your symptoms get better continue treatment. If it makes you worse than discontinue treatment. ...Read more

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What can spinal decompression therapy do for neck and back pain?

What can spinal decompression therapy do for neck and back pain?

See below: The theory behind non-surgical spinal decompression is that significant distractive forces, when applied to the lumbar spine in variable directions, can create a negative pressure in the center of the intervertebral disc, thereby creating a suctioning effect or vacuum phenomenon in order to retract or reduce the size of the herniated or bulging disc's gelatinous internal nucleus pulposus, . ...Read more

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Can spinal decompression therapy cause nerve damage? Doesn't it stretch out the nerve too?

Can spinal decompression therapy cause nerve damage? Doesn't it stretch out the nerve too?

Pinched nerve relief: Purpose of spinal decompression is to prevent or halt nerve damage. Microdiscectomy is minimally invasive and mostly successful in hands of experienced neurosurgeon. Decompression by laminectomy is more invasive, sometimes necessary with more risk of nerve damage.. Inversion therapy (hanging upside down) is a possible non surgical, usually temporary, treatment. ...Read more

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If you applied enough traction force in spinal decompression therapy to a healthy, overly hydrated disc, can it tear apart w/ repeated traction?

No: Traction therapy only gently release pressure in the spine, let the herniated disc to return to its position. It will not cause tear of the disc. ...Read more

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Is dts spinal decompression therapy the best remedy without undergo an operation to cure slipped disc? Is there any side effects?

Is dts spinal decompression therapy the best remedy without undergo an operation to cure slipped disc? Is there any side effects?

Back pain therapy: It is fine as long as symptoms are stable or improving . If pain increases or numbness develops - therapy should stop and you should revisit physician. ...Read more

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For slipped disc patients while undergoing dts spinal decompression therapy, is there any supplements recommended to help bones gain more nutrients?

Supplements: Bones are heavily dependent on vitamin d and calcium. You should have ample supply of both. Often vitamin d levels are decreased and supplemental vitamin d on top of what you get in your diet is recommended. Avoiding alcohol use and smoking are just as important. ...Read more

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How long should it take to complete spinal decompression treatment?

Caveat emptor: The so called spinal decompression is a traction machine, pulling the spinal bones slightly apart. The science behind it is pretty soft. Some find that traction does feel good (some find it uncomfortable). If you try it and find it helpful, weigh the amount of relief (and how long it lasts) against the cost and decide if it is worth it to you. ...Read more

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What is the effectiveness of spinal decompression non-surgical treatment?

Limited: It is a form of traction using a machine to pull on the spine, somewhat like pulling on two ends of a rope. It can give temporary relief of neck, back, arm, or leg pain. For mild cases, it might be effective. The problem of proving effectiveness is the variability of spinal problems among sufferers, and the tendency for some to get better with time (regardless or in spite of treatment). ...Read more

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Am I supposed to use a custom moldable orthotic brace for my spinal decompression treatment?

Am I supposed to use a custom moldable orthotic brace for my spinal decompression treatment?

DPM Evaluation: Hello: many patients benefit in using a foot orthotic to stabilize the spine while going being treated with spinal decompression. Please make an appointment with a podiatrist to be evaluated. Best regards. Mark reed, dpm www.Footpain.Org. ...Read more

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Spinal decompression..How does it work?

Removing pressure: By removing pressure on the spinal cord (discs, tumors etc( the normal function restored provided there was no permanent damage done to the cord while under pressure. ...Read more

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What is "spinal decompression" and how does it work?

What is "spinal decompression" and how does it work?

Do not waste your : Money on a repackaged form of traction. If you want to try something that you can own for a fraction of the price, try an inversion table. There is no scientific literature that supports any spinal decompression system. Bulging discs are not abnormal and herniated disc symptoms may be temporarily decreased with traction. ...Read more

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Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Could spinal decompression heal a bulging disc?

Depends: If you mean getting into a machine and getting pulled into traction there is no good scientific data that supports this. It can be very expensive and insurance companies do not cover it. ...Read more

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