Decompression Therapy Definition

Decompression therapy is a nonsurgical program designed to relieve pain in the lower back and neck. The therapy uses a machine to slowly and gently stretch the spine. The theory is that stretching the spine will assist in taking pressure off of a compressed nerve root, therefore help to relieve pain. Decompression therapy sessions are usually spaced out over a period of several weeks and it is not a one-time treatment.