Disc decompression Therapy or DDT, is a traction based therapy that is a gentle and relaxing stretch of the spine. This Stretching and relaxing creates a phenomenon called “Imbibition”. Imbibition is the way discs get nutrients, through a pumping action it promotes nutrient intake into the discs, something often lost in damaged and degenerative disc conditions.
In healthy discs, imbibition occurs naturally with daily motions and body position and accounts for the increase of disc thickness in the morning and decrease at night. A disc with poor imbibition, fewer nutrients and hydration, is more likely to become injured and painful. Stretching or tractioning the spine in a controlled, comfortable manner can help re-establish a more normal imbibition.
By re- supplying the disc with nutrients and blood contact it will help the disc heal from the inside out. Also the dramatic decrease of pressure in the disc (Decompression) can foster the drawing in of a bulge and help take pressure off a “pinched” spinal nerve.