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!
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Is Decompressing Your Spine Good?
Spinal decompression is a non-surgical option where a motorized traction system gently stretches your spine. It’s meant to take pressure off of your spine and allows the spinal disks some relief from herniated or bulging disks, nerve pressure, and other common causes of pain related to the spine. It also promotes the flow of nutrient-rich spinal fluids, oxygen, and water into your disks to help the healing process. It typically takes about a half-hour to 45 minutes a treatment. You may find that you’re recommended to get several treatments a week for several weeks, but your chiropractor will determine the best treatment plan for your needs.
While researchers continue to research the effectiveness of this therapy compared to other non-surgical treatments, many patients are finding relief by undergoing this treatment. As a minimally invasive treatment, it’s an option to help you avoid dealing with injections, being heavily medicated, or going through spinal surgery. Speaking with your chiropractor can help you determine if spinal decompression is the proper treatment for your condition and assist you in finding the right treatment regime for you to find relief.
What Does Spinal Decompression Treat?
Spinal decompression is used to treat various conditions, such as degenerative disk disease, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and other conditions that cause chronic pain. It’s also used to relieve herniated disc pain, chronic neck pain, headaches, posterior facet syndrome when the spinal joints are worn, and injured spinal nerve roots. It can be a preferred treatment for some because it’s a non-surgical option to help eliminate back and neck pain.
Are There Any Side Effects to The Spinal Decompression Treatment?
One of the biggest reasons a person may choose spinal decompression treatment is that they are looking to avoid surgery and other invasive procedures to find relief from their back and neck pain. You may be wondering what side effects you can expect when undergoing spinal decompression treatment to help you decide if it’s the best option for you. The good news is that many patients don’t experience any side effects from their spinal decompression treatment. However, it’s possible you may feel some muscles spasms or a shooting pain down your arm or leg.
Let your chiropractor know if you experience either of these effects during your treatment. With muscle spasms, they can either apply ice or muscle stimulation to help reduce the spasm and make you more comfortable. With the sharp pain, it’s possible that they may need to reposition you to continue the treatment. Ensure that when you speak with your health care professional before undergoing spinal decompression treatments, you inform them of your complete medical history. Some prior conditions may make you ineligible for this treatment methodology, such as previous spinal surgeries, severe rheumatoid arthritis, bone cancer, Paget disease, and other conditions. They can help you to find the safest and most effective treatment.