What is Spinal Decompression?
Chiropractic spinal decompression is a non-surgical procedure used primarily to treat herniated discs that involves stretching the spine in a safer and gentler manner than more traditional traction techniques. Stretching the spaces between the vertebrae restores herniated discs to their normal position and functioning and releases pressure from spinal nerves which are the root cause of acute and chronic pain. In severe cases, traction methods can be a painful procedure that induces muscle spasms, whereas spinal decompression ensures that muscles in the spine do not tighten during therapy. Certified and licensed Action Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center chiropractors use specialty decompression tables and equipment that monitor the body’s responses and adapts stretching to avoid painful spasms while still producing effective results.
When Should I Consult a Chiropractor for Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Whether due to injury, lifestyle habits, accidents or aging, discs can degenerate or become herniated and limit our range of motion and quality of life. Over time, pain may radiate down from the spine into the legs in addition to causing chronic lower back pain.
Action Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center practitioners provide complete evaluations for spinal decompression treatment plans for conditions that include:
Bulging and herniated discs
Degenerative disc disease
Posterior facet syndrome (worn down spinal joints)
Neck and back pain
Injured spinal nerves
What Can I Expect During a Spinal Decompression Therapy Session?
Action Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center chiropractors begin with a complete medical evaluation and full diagnosis during your initial visit. Therapy plans are carefully tailored according to your specific condition and requirements. Treatment sessions may be scheduled over a period of several weeks and progress from mild to more active depending on your injury or illness.
Sessions begin with patients comfortably fastened onto a large table with computerized controls. Using advanced technology, the spinal decompression table is able to “read” and target the specific disc at the root of your chronic pain. Initial treatments start slowly to ensure comfort with a gradual increase in intensity to achieve maximal results. Action Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center practitioners work closely with clients to ensure that they are relaxed and feel secure at all times during therapy sessions.
Sessions last for approximately 15-30 minutes and may be combined with exercise therapy and lifestyle recommendations. Action Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center specialists seek to not only heal your disc problem but also to improve muscle strength and proper alignment and support of the neck and back. Studies and actual clinical results have shown that when performed by a qualified and experienced chiropractor, spinal decompression therapy has proven to be effective for more than 75% of patients, providing them with long-term pain relief and improved overall functioning.
How Many Treatment Sessions Are Required?
Depending on the severity of the condition, a typical course of spinal decompression treatment sessions can range from weekly to daily treatment over a period of several weeks. Most patients are able to resume a normal lifestyle following therapy. Action Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center works in tandem with your doctor and other health care providers and will recommend further evaluations when necessary.
Contact Action Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center to learn more and find out whether spinal decompression therapy is right for you.