What’s a Decompression Belt?
A decompression belt braces the alignment of your back much like a back brace. Whereas back braces wrap around your shoulders to help lift your chest, decompression belts work by compressing around your torso like a belt to help hold your spine in a neutral position.
Like a blood pressure cuff, they inflate when pumped with air, which is either a hand-operated pump or an electronic air pump.
This way, and you can adjust the belt to your desired level of support. According to a research study, wearing a decompression belt helped restore spinal height in young healthy people.
What are the Proven Benefits of Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression has been shown in studies to have a host of benefits, especially for people with back problems. Here are the major advantages it offers:
1. Helps with Chronic Back Pain
If you have back pain caused by muscle strain or pressure on your spinal discs and nerves, spinal decompression could give you relief.
Chronic back pain can result from age-related changes of the spine. Spinal decompression rejuvenates your spinal health by bringing in better circulation and retracting the vertebrae from their compressed positions.
2. Prevents and Relieves Neck Pain
By fighting thoracic kyphosis, spinal decompression can help prevent or reverse forward head posture, or “text neck”—a leading cause of neck pain and cervical spine issues.
By retracting your spine and creating space between the vertebrae, it helps your spine recover from bad postures you held throughout the day as you used devices and completed tasks.
3. Protects Your Spinal Discs
Spinal decompression therapy is shown to heal degenerative spinal discs more effectively than traction treatment.
Bulging or herniated disks can potentially improve over time with regular spinal decompression. It works by boosting circulation and helping misaligned discs retract.
4. Improves Your Posture
By taking the pressure off your spine and stretching it, spinal decompression helps correct the muscle imbalances that misalign your posture. It gives your spine the chance to recuperate a more healthy position by activating its healing.
As fresh blood enters parts of the spine and surrounding tissue that are typically cut off from adequate blood supply, toxins are flushed out. The stiff, tight muscle tissue around your spine softens and gains more flexibility.
This helps you correct your posture by getting your spine out of the curvature it’s been stuck in.
5. Alleviates Headaches
Spinal compression and postural stress can restrict blood flow to your head, causing painful headaches or migraines. A buildup of muscle tightness from postural stress can lead to persistent tension headaches.
Regular spinal decompression could potentially reduce this occurrence by reducing postural stress.