22 Oct 2021 A Chiropractic Office Explains Spinal Decompression

Chiropractic spinal decompression is a type of spinal traction therapy that can help relieve pain in the back, neck and legs. When working with a chiropractor, they will perform a nonsurgical spinal decompression. This works by stretching the spine and manipulating its position in order to take pressure off nerves and spinal discs. The purpose of this process is to create negative pressure in discs that will help retract herniated or bulging discs. This then allows oxygen, water and other healing nutrient-rich substances into the disc.

Keep reading to see who is qualified for this procedure and to help you decide if spinal decompression will work for you. We also lay out what to expect while going through the process.

What to expect from spinal decompression therapy

Who can benefit from spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy may be a great choice for those battling constant back pain. You might like it if you are seeking a gentle, safe way to find chiropractic relief without resorting to surgery. This treatment can be effective for several conditions, including sciatica pain and ruptured or herniated discs. It also helps with posterior facet syndrome, injured spinal roots, arthritis and spinal stenosis. Additionally, people who have had a failed back surgery in the past might find relief from spinal decompression.

While nonsurgical spinal decompression is generally considered safe, several conditions disqualify potential patients from this treatment.

These include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Tumor
  • Metal spine implants
  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Fracture
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm

What a spinal decompression session is like

When arriving at the chiropractic office for a spinal decompression session, the chiropractor fits a harness around your pelvis and trunk. You will be asked to lay down on a lumbar decompression table that uses motorized traction to reposition the spine. The chiropractor will control the lower portion of the table while the upper portion remains motionless.

Unlike other chronic back pain treatment options that might cause pain and discomfort during the procedure, spinal decompression therapy should never hurt. Instead, you will feel pressure and a pulling sensation during the session. The computerized table has sensors that can tell what muscles are beginning to tense or resist stretching. These help the chiropractor easily adjust the amount of pressure necessary to get the desired results. Most offices set up a very relaxing environment for patients to make the process as comfortable as possible.

A single spinal decompression session will take approximately 30 minutes. Typically, more than one session is necessary for you to reap all the benefits of this procedure. You can expect to have anywhere from 15 to 30 sessions within a period of four to six weeks.

Are you a candidate for spinal decompression?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy can be very effective at removing pressure off nerves and discs in your spine and offering long-term pain relief. It is an excellent alternative to surgery. If you would like to learn more, please call our office.

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