What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a treatment in which the spine is gently stretched, in a relaxed, controlled manner to create negative pressure inside the disc. This pressure change allows the free flow of fluid and nutrients into the disc, which promotes healing.

Each spinal decompression treatment lasts for about 20 minutes, and most patients need somewhere between 18 and 30 treatments, depending on the severity of the herniation. Patients who undergo spinal decompression therapy are also encouraged to incorporate core strengthening exercises into their daily routines.

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