Problems can occur anywhere in our body, including in our spine, which is a crucial structure in our body. Comprised of a column of small bones interspaced with spongy, circular discs to give the structure flexibility to bend, twist, and absorb impacts, our spine also contains countless nerves. This means that when there is a problem with the spine, it has a direct impact on our neurological and physical function, and we can experience a range of unpleasant and debilitating symptoms. These include varying degrees of pain, changes in sensations that we can experience, weakness in the limbs, difficulty moving, poor quality sleep, and more.
Exactly what causes problems with our spine can vary. Sometimes patients and their chiropractors can pinpoint a specific accident or injury that has led to the issue. In other cases, the underlying cause is never discovered. Fortunately, there is a range of different treatments that can help to overcome the issues that you are experiencing. One of these is spinal decompression therapy.
Spinal decompression therapy is a particular chiropractic technique that involves motorized traction therapy to gently stretch the spine in order to take the pressure off of any herniated or damaged intervertebral discs and any nerves that they are interfering with. Decompression therapy also forces nutrient-rich fluids and oxygen into the intervertebral discs of the spine in order to accelerate the healing process.
Each spinal decompression therapy session is around 45 minutes in length and patients can usually go back to their normal activities immediately afterward. Exactly how many sessions you will need will depend on the severity of your back condition and how well you respond to the treatment. However, most patients are initially given a treatment plan of a number of sessions carried out over a 6-week period which accelerates the healing process.
Spinal decompression therapy can be used to treat a range of different back problems including:
Degenerative disc disease
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Posterior facet syndrome
Your chiropractor will be able to advise you whether you have a condition that could benefit from the spinal decompression therapy technique.
If you choose spinal decompression therapy to address the back issues that you are experiencing, there are a variety of benefits that you can take advantage of. These include:
Fast results. In most instances, patients will start to see an improvement in their symptoms after their first session. These positive effects will continue with further treatments.
Minimal side effects. A little discomfort after an appointment isn’t unusual, but this shouldn’t be severe enough to prevent you from getting back to your normal daily routine. A small number of patients may also experience some mild spasms in their back.
FDA-approved. Spinal decompression is an FDA-approved technique which makes it extremely safe. It is also entirely non-invasive, with patients having no need for anesthetic during treatment and there are no wounds to take care of.
Affordable, surgery-free treatment. Spinal decompression is much more affordable than surgery, which can run into tens of thousands of dollars. You can also avoid the need for pre-operative examinations, an extensive recovery period, considerable discomfort, and the need for long-term pain medications.
If you would like to find out more about spinal decompression therapy or to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our chiropractic team.