Is Spinal Decompression Therapy Right For You?

November 6, 2018

Non-surgical spinal decompression involves stretching the spine through the use of a traction table (or another similar device) to relieve back and neck pain.

This type of therapy is different from surgical spinal decompression in that it is an outpatient therapy that does not require a surgeon or any recovery time. Is it right for you?

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How exactly does spinal decompression therapy work?


The goal of spinal decompression is to relieve pain, but it does that in several ways. First, this therapy relieves intradiscal pressure in an attempt to reposition herniated or bulging discs in your back. Additionally, creating a lower level of pressure in your discs allows nutrients to flow more freely into the discs, which helps you heal more quickly and stay pain-free longer.


Do you have chronic neck or back pain?


Spinal decompression can be used to treat back pain, neck pain, sciatica, bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, injured spinal nerve roots, and more. If you suffer from one of these conditions and have found that traditional chiropractic adjustments are not providing the pain relief you need, you may want to speak with your chiropractor about this non-invasive option.


Do you want to avoid surgery?


If you have back or neck pain that is impeding your ability to live your life, you should certainly do something about it so that you can get back to feeling like yourself. Some back pain sufferers turn to surgery, which can improve the condition, but does not come without an array of risks, including nerve root damage and possibly paralysis. A safer option is spinal decompression, which can be done right in your chiropractor’s office in under an hour with minimal risks.


What are the treatments like?


When you go in for a spinal decompression treatment, you will lie down on a traction table and be fitted into a support system, which helps stabilize your body. The computer-controlled system determines the proper angle and force of the pulls, then adjusts your spine accordingly. Patients who have undergone this treatment describe it as painless with a gentle, intermittent pulling sensation.


Who should not use spinal decompression therapy?


Spinal compression is a safe choice for many people with various musculoskeletal conditions, but it can cause more harm than good if you have one of the following conditions: fractured bone, tumor, abdominal aortic aneurysm, advanced osteoporosis, metal implants in the spine, or if you are pregnant. In these cases, you will want to consult with your chiropractor about your specific condition to determine the best course of treatment for you.


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