Spinal decompression is one of the most effective techniques used by chiropractors to alleviate chronic back pain and help you get back to your daily activities or hobbies. In this article, we will answer many questions that you may have in your mind about spinal decompression therapy. Let’s get started with the basics.
WHAT IS SPINAL DECOMPRESSION?
Spinal decompression is one of the most effective chiropractic treatments recommended for painful conditions related to the spine, such as as herniated discs and spinal stenosis. Spine conditions are generally caused dues to the compression of the vertebrae or discs. This results in the misalignment of some of the components of the spine. For example, the compression of the lumbar vertebrae because of weight gain puts pressure on the discs and joints in between the vertebrae. This causes a bulging of the discs, which impacts the local nerve root.
During your Spinal Decompression session, your chiropractor will aim to stretch and lengthen the spine to relieve some of the pressure that is placed on your vertebrae and discs because of such spine conditions. Stretching the spine would help to put the disc back in place and soothes the nerve root that is causing so much pain. Your chiropractor will use hot and cold compresses or electrical stimulation on the back to relax and loosen the muscles and to help with the spinal decompression.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY?
Results of the spinal decompression therapy will vary from patient to another, depending on the severity of their condition. The best possible outcome would be a total elimination of the pain, which would allow the patient to return to their daily routine and lead a physically active life. Generally, patients experience a noticeable improvement in their condition after 5 or 6 sessions. Others may take a little longer – 15 to 20 sessions to experience a significant improvement in their condition.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY?
#1: It is a completely non-surgical and non-invasive treatment that does not require any drugs or medications to be taken.
#2: It is as safe as it gets and there is absolutely no chance of the patient getting hurt. Indeed, most patients fall asleep during the treatment. It has a soothing effect on their body and relaxes them instantly.
#3: Spinal decompression therapy addresses the underlying structural dysfunction and misalignment that causes the patient so much pain. It treats the source of the problem rather than the symptoms. This is a far more effective way to treat chronic back pain or neck pain.
WHO IS SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY FOR?
Spinal decompression therapy is generally recommended to patients between the ages of 20 and 90 – which is a wide range, indeed. In fact, it is for anyone who has tried a variety of treatments for their back pain, including physical therapy, epidurals and back surgeries with no real improvement in their condition. Spinal decompression is also considered as an option if the patient’s MRI scan confirms that the herniated discs are causing pressure on the nerves. It is a proven treatment for patients with sciatica, herniated discs, chronic back pain and spinal stenosis.
Caution: Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended to pregnant women or to people with the following conditions: tumor, advanced osteoporosis, fracture or Abdominal aortic aneurysm. It is definitely not recommended to those who have metal implants in the spine.
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This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Matthew Phinney.