PHASE 2- Targeted DecompressionIn a healthy spine, the vertebrae that protect the spinal cord are separated by discs made of sponge-like tissue which absorb the shock of movement by the spine. Back and neck pain may be caused by several problems with the discs including:
Degenerative Disc Disease- the disc material itself loses volume and becomes thin, causing the bones of the vertebrae to rub against each other and the nerves exiting the spinal column to become pinched.
Herniated Disc- the disc material actually bulges out from the nucleus and may even rupture, putting pressure on the nerves that extend from the spinal cord. In some cases, this results in radicular nerve pain, more commonly known as Sciatica.
BENEFITS OF DECOMPRESSION:The goal of targeted decompression is to apply steady, gentle distraction to the affected vertebrae, increasing the space between them. This produces several benefits:
- It takes pressure off of the discs, bone structures, and nerves in the area. This increases the flow of blood and nutrients to the discs and promotes healing.
- With increased space, a bulging disc may flow back into the space between the vertebrae where it belongs.
- Misaligned joints may see an improvement in alignment, giving them greater mobility.
- There is now increased space for spinal nerves to flow from the spine to other parts of the body.