What is spinal decompression, and how does it work? As we age, the cartilage between the vertebrae that make up our spines can get damaged or simply degenerate due to the effects of aging. When this cushioning becomes less effective, the bone in the vertebrae can shift, causing incredible pain if it impinges on the nerves within the spinal cord.
The discs themselves can also become deformed or herniated, and push against the spinal cord as well. If the discs are bulging or become inflamed, instead of acting as natural shock absorbers for the spine, they become dangerous themselves and cause intense pain. Many times the medical solutions for herniated or bulging discs include invasive surgery with long recovery times and prescriptions for opioids or other strong pain medications.
Fortunately, spinal decompression can offer a non-invasive natural alternative. Without masking the cause of the back pain with habit-forming pain medication, spinal decompression addresses the issues directly, providing patients relief from the condition beginning after the first visit.
Benefits of Spinal Decompression
After our chiropractor decides that spinal decompression is right in your particular case, you go through a process of stretching the spine to relieve the pressure that is causing the pain.
Spinal decompression works through a systematic application of traction supervised by the doctor. When you come in for treatment, you lie on the decompression table in a comfortable position, and the doctor fits you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your torso.
Using a computer to provide specific, prescribed, targeted movements, spinal traction is applied, offering relief from the pressure in the affected areas that are causing your spinal pain.
This is not simply a matter of pulling on your body to straighten you – the prescribed movements of the table while you are harnessed target the affected areas and the severity of your condition.
Once your spine has gone through this decompression, the relief can be felt almost immediately, as the pressure causing the deformity in the discs is rectified and relieved.
How do I know if spinal decompression is right for me?
How do you know whether or not you are a good candidate for spinal decompression? While people with fractures or tumors should not pursue spinal decompression, patients with most types and causes of back pain can benefit from this non-surgical, therapeutic treatment.
Whether you have numbness and tingling radiating from the spine in the form of sciatica, acute non-muscular back pain, failed back surgery, damaged or herniated discs, or other typical conditions that cause spinal pain, this treatment can offer you relief. Ultimately, only a doctor can make the determination if this treatment would be beneficial in your particular case.
To learn more about the many benefits of spinal decompression in Augusta, Evans, Martinez, or any nearby area, call us today at (706) 860-3355 to book a free consultation.