Chiropractors are best known for manually manipulating the spine to trigger a range of therapeutic benefits, but there are many other techniques that they also use to treat disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system. One of these is known as spinal decompression.
Spinal decompression is a type of treatment most often recommended for back pain. However, rather than simply using their hands, your chiropractor will use a specialist traction device – usually motorized – to assist with the technique. Is it non-invasive and shouldn’t be confused with a complex medical procedure called spinal decompression surgery.
During spinal decompression, patients take up their position on the table and are secured in place. Then the table moves in such a way that it gently stretches the spine to reduce pressure on the intervertebral discs. These are the soft, spongy discs that are found between each vertebra in the spine and that act as shock absorbers, while also enabling us to bend and twist. Patients who are recommended to have spinal decompression treatment are usually experiencing back pain as a result of one or more of these discs slipping out of place and compressing the surrounding nerves. In some severe cases, the discs can become so compressed that the tough, fibrous outer shell ruptures, enabling the softer gel inside to leak out onto the nearby nerves.
Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of spinal decompression.
By reducing pressure on the intervertebral discs and creating more space, additional blood and nutrients can flow to the area. This will help counteract inflammation and accelerate the healing process so that you can recover more quickly.
No two patients are the same and neither should any two treatment plans. When you choose to visit a chiropractor for spinal decompression treatment, your treatment will be tailored to your specific needs, and flexible enough to alter depending on how your body responds to each session.
Spinal decompression is approved by the FDA, there are no incisions or needles and absolutely no need for an anesthetic. Some patients do report some mild discomfort during the process and immediately afterward, but nothing that requires any degree of pain relief.
No medication means that there are no side effects reported with this treatment.
Although you’ll need a consultation to check that spinal decompression is right for you, the vast majority of patients who would benefit from this chiropractic treatment technique are found to be suitable candidates.
Spinal decompression therapy costs less than you might expect, and in some cases, may even be covered by your insurance plan. Check your policy for details.
Spinal decompression can be used to treat a range of diagnosed musculoskeletal issues including:
A herniated disc
Degenerative disc disease
Posterior facet syndrome
If you aren’t sure if spinal decompression is the right chiropractic technique for you, our dedicated team would be happy to advise you at Healistic Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Lafayette, IN. Call (765) 227-2454 today.