Caring for your spine and using proper posture are both imperative for maintaining a functional body that will be able to take you where you want to go in life. The reality, however, is that each of our bodies is being constantly pressed down by gravity and the challenges of every-day life.
This pressure over time can cause what’s called spinal compression which describes a condition in which the vertebrae press down on the soft discs in between the vertebrae. In extreme cases or due to an injury these soft discs can even slip out, causing pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care aims to reverse these effects by something called Spinal Decompression. This process will employ the use of a specially equipped table that will enable the chiropractor to gently stretch, then relax the spine. Though the process may seem subtle and even relaxing, it allows the spine to repair damaged discs because it is no longer in a place where it is under extreme pressure. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions asked by our patients to shed some light on this process and how it may be able to help you.
What Conditions Can Spinal Decompression Repair?
A Way to heal your entire body
Among other conditions, regular decompression treatments have been shown to treat bulging discs, herniated discs, back pain, joint pain, and prolapsed discs. Your chiropractor will likely prescribe Spinal Decompression in addition to other treatment options to promote healing in your entire body.
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
Allows your body to heal, rehydrate and form back into proper shape
With the use of a specially designed table, therapy starts with your chiropractor using gentle spinal manipulations to stretch the spine and allow blood to flow into the discs. The discs may be inflamed, herniated, or irritated and by allowing the spine to stretch, the pressure is taken off of the discs so they can heal, rehydrate and form back into their proper shape. This treatment may take time depending on the severity of the issue, but it will be much more cost-effective and gentle than prescription drugs or surgery.
What Issues Exclude Me From Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Not for everyone, check with your doctor first
Spinal Decompression is a gentle and safe approach to most spinal conditions, but there are some conditions where this may not be the best approach. It goes without saying that your treatment plan will be made in partnership with your doctor and he will go over your medical history to ensure Spinal Decompression Therapy is a good option. Some conditions that may inhibit its effectiveness are osteoporosis, advanced spinal diseases, pregnancy, obesity, and extreme nerve damage.
HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT LAST?
More gentle and less expensive that surgery or prescription drugs
The length of your treatment will depend on the severity of the issue and how badly compressed the discs in your spine are. The average number of sessions where most of our patients start to see long-term improvement is around 4-6.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safe and gentle alternative to having an expensive surgery or using prescription drugs to manage your pain. This treatment has been used to safely treat a myriad of conditions for decades. If you find yourself managing chronic back pain due to an injury or long term pressure, consider contacting our team today. We look forward to hearing from you!