Myths About Spinal Decompression: There are many common ideas about spinal decompression that are incorrect, or that are simply misunderstood. One of the commonest misconceptions about spinal decompression is that it is a surgical treatment.
This, most likely is because of the name, because it is difficult to see how it would be possible to decompress the spine without opening up the body.
How Spinal Decompression Works
But as it turns out, all that spinal decompression does is to create a vacuum in the vertebral disc, forcing out of place disc material back to the disc where it is supposed to be.
It is the straying of this disc material into space that is supposed to be occupied by nerves which causes the severe back pain being treated here. This is achieved mechanically, with the aid of computer software.
Another common myth about spinal decompression is that it is an expensive treatment. The truth of the matter here is that while spinal decompression is certainly not a cheap treatment, it is much more cost-effective than its close alternatives like spinal surgery.
At about $2,000 to $4,000 for complete treatment, spinal decompression is certainly among the most cost-effective treatments for vertebral disc displacement related back pain and neck pain.
That spinal decompression is a risky treatment is yet another common misconception held against it. This probably stems from the word spinal in its name as we have been conditioned, and quite rightly so, to view anything that involves the spine with a lot of caution.
While spinal decompression does have its risks, just as any other form of treatment – because of the non-invasive nature of spinal decompression, it is certainly less risky than alternatives such as surgery.
Spinal decompression is also a FDA approved treatment technology for vertebra disc displacement related problems.
And for those who do embrace spinal decompression, the feeling that the treatment is for everyone is another possible myth. As it turns out, however, there are many categories of people who cannot use spinal decompression.
A comprehensive spine health examination which should be backed up in some cases by X-Rays and MRIs, has to be performed, prior to any spinal decompression being administered.
Among the groups of people who spinal decompression is a complete no no for are: pregnant women, severely obese people and those who have severe nerve damage. For these groups, spinal decompression is strongly contra-indicated and they need to find another solution for back pain.