It was the toothpaste tube analogy. A disc that bulges, slips, or herniates is like the tooth paste being squeezed out of the tube.
If you injure your disc, a herniation or protruded disc is much like toothpaste coming out of the tube. Normally it should stay in place, but when severely injured, a leak or leaks can occur. Imagine pushing on the tube so some toothpaste comes out. Now imagine instead of squeezing that tube, you pull from the bottom and the top. What happens? That toothpaste that was coming out gets retracted or pulled back in.
What happens with the decompression is that it first stretches the spine, and with muscles and ligaments relaxed, it creates enough of a force to suction the disc material (toothpaste) back into place between the spinal bones.
This is what really makes non-surgical spinal decompression unique and much more successful than simply traction. Yes there is a traction aspect to decompression, but that is really only part of the equation.
DRX 9000 Decompression is very unique in the way it pulls. It is able to keep the muscles and ligaments along the spine relaxed, thus allowing a pull much more magnified than standard traction.
Wait, you say! … I can’t imagine getting pulled with much more force than the traction I had at physical therapy. Actually, with the decompression, even though the pull is magnified, you hardly feel a thing. The machine keeps the muscles relaxed through a specialized pull and feedback mechanism.
So next time you brush your teeth, think of that tube of toothpaste and how you stretch it out to suck the extra paste back into the tube, and you’ll realize how decompression helps heal that disc.
CT Spine and Disc Center is located in central Connecticut- Specializing in patients who suffer from sciatica, disc degeneration, bulging disc or herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Call us at 860-633-8756 to see if you are a candidate for non surgical spinal decompression
Additional Reading Resources:
- I Don’t Have Pain- But I have Constant Numbness and Tingling in my Lower Legs. Can Decompression help?
- How is spinal decompression different from the traction that I tried
- Understanding Non Surgical Spinal Decompression: FAQ's
- Research about Non Surgical Spinal Decompression
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