What is Spinal Decompression?
spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that helps to relieve pressure on the spine. The technique works by gently stretching the spine and relying on the body’s natural healing process to alleviate pain. It is often recommended for those suffering from herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, or failed back surgery syndrome.
Here are the benefits of choosing this treatment:
Relief from Back Pain
One of the most significant benefits of spinal decompression therapy is relief from chronic back pain caused by herniated discs and sciatica. The traction used in decompression therapy helps to separate the vertebrae, creating a vacuum effect that relieves pressure from herniated discs and reduces inflammation. Patients often report feeling immediate relief after just one session.
Spinal decompression also improves overall mobility by increasing flexibility in the spine, helping you move more quickly and reducing stiffness. It can also help improve posture and balance since the vertebrae are more aligned and supporting muscles are relaxed.
Decompression therapy helps to increase the circulation of oxygen-rich blood to the spine, which speeds up healing and reduces discomfort while providing essential nutrients to the discs and vertebrae. This improved circulation can also help to reduce scar tissue, which in turn increases flexibility and mobility.
Long-Term Pain Management
Decompression therapy should not be seen as a one-time fix for back pain. Instead, it is best used as part of an ongoing treatment plan that includes other therapies, such as chiropractic care and physical therapy. Regular sessions will help reduce inflammation, improve mobility and flexibility, and provide long-term relief from chronic back pain.
Chronic back pain often affects sleep quality, but decompression therapy can help improve sleep quality. By increasing circulation to the spine, relieving pressure from herniated and bulging discs, and reducing inflammation, decompression therapy helps promote better spinal alignment. This helps reduce stiffness and tension in the joints so you can get a more restful night’s sleep.
Reduced Stress Levels
The decreased stress on the spine and improved circulation that come with decompression therapy also helps reduce stress levels. This can be especially beneficial for those dealing with additional sources of chronic stress, such as anxiety or depression. Improved flexibility and mobility can also help to improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain.
When the spine is poorly aligned, it can cause the body to be out of balance and lead to poor posture. Decompression therapy helps realign the vertebrae and improve flexibility so that you can stand up straighter with improved posture. This reduces strain on the joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons for improved comfort and mobility.
Spinal Decompression is Non-Invasive
Unlike surgery, spinal decompression is a non-invasive treatment for dealing with back pain. Listed by Spine-Health as one of the 5 ways to avoid back surgery,spinal manipulation can provide relief so that you don’t have to go under the scalpel. Working by gently pulling apart the spine and affected discs, spinal decompression uses a table to manipulate the back without any need for incisions. Spinal surgery is one of the most invasive forms of surgery and can often lead to other complications. Surgery increases the risk for infection, as well as the need for more surgeries later on.
Spinal Decompression is an Easier Recovery
Recovering from a spinal fusion can take at least 3 to 4 months, with healing still taking place up to a year later. Chances are you will need to take a month or more off of work. Following surgery, you will not be able to participate in physical activity as you once did. Spinal decompression works to heal the spine and relieve pain with little downtime while also giving you the freedom to get back to the things you enjoy doing.
Spinal Decompression Addresses the Root Problem
When you start down the surgery route to deal with herniated discs, it often becomes a longer journey than anticipated. Your first surgery may be to repair the herniated disc, but you continue to have issues because surgery only targets the problem and not a long-term solution. The first surgery becomes a second to repair another herniated disc until this eventually leads to a spinal fusion. With a spinal fusion, your spine is fused using rods and screws to connect vertebra together. You have now lost range of motion in your spine and also put more pressure on the vertebra surrounding the fusion. The first fusion often leads to additional vertebra needing to be fused later.
Spinal decompression works by making minute changes in the spine throughout a certain number of sessions. By manipulating the spine, spinal decompression helps address the root of the problem and provides more of a long-term solution for pain management. Your chiropractor will study your X-rays to determine the best course of action for not only treating the affected discs but helping the overall health of your spine.