Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression (NSSD) is a non-invasive treatment to alleviate symptoms of neck pain, back pain, and sciatica. It is used to treat patients who have bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease or facet syndrome. NSSD produces negative pressure in the spine, which works to help reposition bulging discs and take pressure off pinched nerves. Experts believe that this negative pressure creates a vacuum-like effect in the spine and draws nutrients, oxygen, and fluids into the discs to promote overall healing of the discs and tissues within the spine.
A course of treatment typically includes 24-30 visits over a period of 6-8 weeks. At each session, you will be fitted with a pelvic harness and asked to lie down on the table. The process is a cyclical one, comprised of a series of gentle pulls, holds, and releases over the course of a 20-30 minute session. As a result, the spine is slowly lengthened and the discs are gradually decompressed.
Through this process, as the discs and tissues heal, symptoms and pain should begin to subside. Some patients notice a reduction in pain after just a few sessions; however, the healing process is different for everyone.
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