What is Spinal Decompression – Costa Mesa?

Spinal decompression is a term that describes the relief of pressure on one or many pinched nerves in the spinal column. Usually spinal decompression is a non-surgical procedure designed to treat patients with chronic back pain such as disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and isthmic and degenerative spondylolisthesis. The procedure is generally accepted as safe and effective without the normal risks associated with invasive procedures such as injections, anesthesia or surgery. Spinal decompression works through a series of 15 one minute alternating decompression (using a logarithmic decompression curve) and relaxation cycles with a total treatment time of 30 minutes. During the decompression phase the pressure in the disc is reduced and a vacuum type of effect is produced on the nucleus pulposis. At the same time nutrition is diffused into the disc allowing the annulus fibrosis to heal.

The History of Spinal Decompression – Costa Mesa

Spinal decompression has a very interesting past. We have all seen the old movies containing the classic torture device called “the rack”. In the movies a hooded Dungeon Master would strap your feet to the end of a table and strap your hands to the other end. He would then crank on a large wheel stretching your body out until you gave up your cherished secret. What you didn’t see in the movies was that this “torture device” was also used by royalty alleviate back pain.

Rumor has it that astronauts began reporting that when they were in space, they experienced a relief from back pain while in the zero-gravity environment of space. It has been argued that scientists found that when astronauts were in an anti-gravity state, the discs of their spine were not being compressed by gravity like they are on earth, allowing the discs to become fully hydrated and to reduce herniations in the spinal discs. Since creating a fully hydrated disc results in an elimination of most cases of severe back pain, as well as improved health of the spine, the question that scientists wrestled with was how to successfully reproduce the same effect here on Earth.

Spinal decompression is a technique of replicating the anti-gravity state of space, allowing the spinal discs to regain their normal height, hydration and healthy status.