Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment method that utilizes motorized traction devices to stretch out the spine and minimize back pain, according to WebMD. Surgical spinal decompression procedures work to relieve pressure on the spine by removing small portions of bulging discs or vertebrae, according to Cleveland Clinic.
Non-surgical spinal decompression is not recommended for pregnant women, individuals with nerve damage, obese individuals, and individuals with osteoporosis, explains the Colorado Spine Institute. Benefits of non-surgical spinal decompression include relief from chronic pain and restored spinal disc function. Benefits of spinal surgery to remove disc material include reduced trauma and relief from pain.