Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression with the FlyHighYoga swing uses the same basic principle of spinal traction that has been offered by chiropractors, osteopaths, and other appropriately trained health professionals for many years.
Spinal traction and decompression are applied with the goals of relieving pain and promoting an optimal healing environment for bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs. It creates a negative intradiscal pressure to promote retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material, as well as lower pressure in the disc that will cause an influx of healing nutrients and other substances into the disc.
Decompression therapy typically consists of a series of 15 to 30 treatments, lasting 30 to 45 minutes each, over a four to six-week period. Sessions are conducted in the practitioner’s office. Patients lie on a motorized table, the lower half of which can move. A harness is placed around the hips and is attached to the lower table near the feet. The upper part of the table remains in a fixed position while the lower part, to which the patient is harnessed, slides back and forth to provide the traction and relaxation.
The patient should not feel pain during or after the decompression therapy although they should feel stretch in the spine.
The cost of each session typically ranges from $30 to $200, which means that a recommended series of treatments will typically cost from $450 to $6,000.
The FlyHighYoga swing provides the same benefits, the difference is that there is no need for a therapist to apply the stretch, just the own weight of the person. Depending upon the degree of degeneration of the disc, the patient would start first with standing postures providing a controlled traction by bending the legs. If the patient responds well, then will proceed with simple inversions placing the hands on the floor to control the traction.
Stretching the spine to relieve back pain is not appropriate for everybody, like pregnant women, patients with broken vertebrae, spinal fusion or those who have an artificial disc, or other implants, in their spine. In general, any patient who experiences pain during or after spinal decompression is likely not a good candidate for this type of therapy.

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