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3 Common Myths About Spinal Decompression Therapy

by Sophie Hill

Spinal decompression therapy is often used on patients suffering from spinal disc injuries. However, despite most doctors' assertions on the safety and effectiveness of spinal decompression therapy, some patients are skeptical about its success. Such patients lack accurate information due to the myths and misconceptions about spinal decompression therapy on the internet. Others have inaccurate information from patients diagnosed with spinal cord issues. Read on to learn three common myths about spinal decompression therapy and its facts. 

Myth #1: Spinal Decompression Therapy Is Unbearably Painful

Most patients don't like spinal decompression therapy because they assume it hurts. However, this therapeutic procedure has little to negligible pain. The treatment involves using a unique table to manipulate your spine. The doctor will strap you to the table and control it using a computer. Your spine will be stretched and manipulated gently as the chiropractor monitors the process. It may seem unnatural during the initial sessions, but over time, you will get used to it, and it will help with your back pain. Spinal decompression therapy is a safe and painless treatment.

Myth #2: It Is a One-Session Treatment

Those unfamiliar with spinal decompression therapy assume it is a one-session treatment. Such patients believe that after attending one session, their back pain will subside immediately. However, the reality is that spinal decompression treatment is like physical therapy. This means that it takes time and depends on your injury's severity. For example, you will need more sessions if you experience a severe spinal cord injury. Before you commence the spinal decompression therapy sessions, the chiropractor usually examines your injury to formulate a therapy plan. A person must complete the therapy plan even if they notice a significant change after the first session.

Myth #3: Spinal Decompression Is Ineffective and You Are Better Off Undergoing Surgery

Another common myth is that surgery is better than spinal decompression therapy. This myth stems from the assumption that surgery is more effective, making it a better treatment option for spinal cord issues. However, surgery is invasive and risky and may lead to a painful and longer recovery period. For example, complications may arise if you go for surgery, and you may be forced to have another surgery if the first one is unsuccessful. In contrast, spinal decompression therapy is noninvasive, making it less risky because you will not need medications or anesthesia. The recovery period for this treatment is short, and your pain may subside after the first session, making it effective. If your doctor recommends spinal decompression therapy, they believe this is the best treatment for your condition.

Contact a local chiropractor to learn more about spinal decompression therapy