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How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work to Relieve Back Pain?

February 06, 2020 in Back Pain

A Background on Back Pain

Over 80% of North Americans have experienced some form of back pain at some point in their life. And those who suffer from back pain know how difficult it can be to participate in even the most routine daily activities. If you’re dealing with lower back pain, spinal traction and decompression therapy can be an effective non-invasive option to relieve back pain and provide much-needed support without the use of drugs. However, before agreeing to this treatment plan, it’s important to understand how and if spinal traction and decompression therapy can work for you. 

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What is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive form of motorized traction used to gently stretch and elongate the spine to take the pressure off the lower back.

Decompression Therapy has two theoretical benefits:

  1. It takes the pressure off spinal discs allowing bulging or herniated discs to retract and reposition to alleviate pain symptoms.
  2. With removed pressure on the spine, there’s room for water, oxygen, blood and other nutrients to flow to the discs to help promote healing.

What is Spinal Traction Therapy?

Similar to decompression therapy, back traction therapy is used to create space between the vertebrae in your spine. By gently stretching the spine, it can help take the pressure off the lower back, pinched nerves and help relieve pain. 

How Are These Spinal Procedures Typically Performed? 

Back pain specialists or chiropractors usually perform spinal traction and decompression therapy in a clinic. This procedure usually involves either lying down or face-up on a mechanical table, where the specialist will fit you with a harness around the pelvis and lower back. From there, the device is used to gently stretch out the spinal discs to create much-needed negative pressure. Oftentimes, decompression therapy sessions are accompanied by electric stimulation, ultrasounds and cold/heat therapy for additional pain relief.  

Back traction and decompression therapy can help temporarily relieve:

  • Back pain, tension and soreness
  • Pulled or strained back muscle
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Bulging or herniated discs 
  • Degenerative disc disease

Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Really Work?

While back traction and decompression therapy can help relieve and manage back pain, it’s important to remember that it will not instantaneously cure all of your pain. Instead, it’s an effective tool for back pain sufferers to find temporary relief if they work it into their regular pain relief routine. 

Over time back traction and decompression therapy can: 

  1. Stretch tight muscles in the back to temporarily ease back stiffness and muscle aches
  2. Promote better flexibility and range of motion which can lead to a more efficient recovery
  3. Help elongate the spine over time, taking pressure off of tight muscles, relieving nerve compression and improving blood circulation 
  4. Relieve pressure on the lower back by stretching the spine
  5. Help strengthen back muscles and core to stabilize and support the lower back, which can help prevent flare-ups and back spasms in the long run

On its own, each type of back therapy can help temporarily relieve painful back symptoms by relieving pressure, but they are often performed in conjunction with one another to provide the most effective relief. That’s where DR-HO’S 2-in-1 Back Decompression Therapy Belt comes in.

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What is DR-HO’S 2-in-1 Back Decompression Belt?

Dr. Michael Ho designed the 2-in-1 Back Decompression Belt with the intention of creating a portable traction and decompression device that back pain sufferers can use anywhere at any time.  Normally, these types of procedures are performed at a doctor’s or chiropractor’s office, but the decompression belt can help take undue pressure off the spine, support the lower back and relieve lower back pain all from the comfort of your own home. How Does the Decompression Therapy Belt Work?

Back pain sufferers can wear the belt in an inflated or deflated state. When inflated, the decompression belt works to gradually stretch the spine vertically to help relieve pressure on herniated, compressed degenerative discs. And when deflated, the belt helps provide structural support for your spine and lower back as you can wear it under your clothing at all times.

The 2-in-1 Back Decompression Therapy Belt:  

  • Decompresses lower back joints and spinal discs
  • Lifts and keeps upper body weight off the lower back
  • Stabilizes lower back and helps improve posture
  • Strengthens back and core to prevent back pain flare-ups
  • Stretches and relieves tight lower back muscles
  • Relieves stress on the lower back
  • Comes in two sizes to ensure a proper fit for everyone

Learn More About the Benefits of the Back Decompression Belt Here

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Get Back Pain Relief Today With DR-HO’S!

Both back traction and decompression therapy follow similar goals: to relieve and manage lower back pain that is usually caused by bulging, degenerating or herniated discs. So using a device the combines both decompression and traction therapy can be an excellent option for temporary back pain relief. 

Before deciding on a treatment option for your back pain, it’s important to always check in with your doctor first to ensure you are choosing the best treatment plan for your pain relief.


More Information on Managing Back Pain From DR-HO'S:


  1. Canadian Chiropractor, The Truth About Spinal Decompression Therapy
  2. WebMD, Spinal Decompression Therapy
  3. VeryWellHealth, Lumbar Traction for Back Pain
  4. Healthline, Spinal Traction
  5. Spine-Health, Spinal Decompression
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