Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a form of traction used to treat:
- Back and neck pain
- Sciatica, which is pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg
- Bulging or herniated discs or degenerative disk disease
- Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome)
- Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots (called radiculopathy)
The Vertebral Distraction Pump (VDP) is a primary instrument used for spinal decompression. It is used in reducing intervertebral disc herniations, replenishing nutrients to the disc, and often eliminating the need for surgery. This hand-held instrument is placed on top of the skin at the level of the involved disc. With a gentle squeeze, it nudges the adjacent vertebra apart, creating a 2-millimeter separation. This action creates a hydrostatic pressure change within the nucleus pulposus of the involved disc, drawing the herniated portion of the disc back to its normal anatomical boundary. Additionally, this method of treatment promotes the movement of water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal. The Vertebral Distraction Pump can also be used on any joint where compressive forces are involved.
A published study of the Vertebral Distraction Pump reports a “90% reduction in pain and weakness”.
* National College of Chiropractic, Chiropractic Technique, Vol 11, No. 2, May 1999.