In the past, patients suffering from neck pain, low back pain or disc problems were often given pain medication and instructed to refrain from physical activities. They were then generally referred to physical therapy and, when that failed, were faced with the decision to undergo spinal surgery. Due to advancements in medicine and technology, those are no longer the only available options for many patients.
Thanks to the work of physicians and engineers in the medical and technology fields, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD) therapy was developed to effectively treat lower back and neck pain resulting from herniated, bulging or degenerative disc disease. NSSD therapy is a process whereby forces are applied to the spine in a manner that promotes elongation of key spinal structures and improves hydration of the disc. Spinal elongation is maximized when paraspinal muscles, the muscles that guard the spine from injury, are relaxed. When paraspinal muscles relax, applied spinal decompressive forces spread apart the bony vertebra of the spine thereby alleviating pressure from bulged or herniated discs. This relieves pressure on nerves and intervertebral discs.
NSSD therapy provides relief to patients suffering with chronic neck and low back pain by targeting the specific source of the pain. To determine if a patient is a good candidate for Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression therapy, a chiropractor or other qualified healthcare professional should conduct a complete chiropractic evaluation and review of the patient’s medical background. The evaluation should include X-rays and/or an MRI to properly diagnose the patient and to create an individualized treatment plan. The evaluation will determine if a patient is a good candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression therapy and will also identify any contraindications that would prevent a patient from starting NSSD therapy.