How Long Should You Do Spinal Decompression?

Did you know that spinal decompression is the only treatment method to achieve negative pressure in the spine?


Millions of Americans each year suffer from chronic back pain. It can be very disruptive to your daily routine, taking away from your quality of life. It can also cause other emotional side effects such as depression, anxiety, and low moods. This means that back pain affects every aspect of your life.


Back pain causes a limited range of motion that decreases your mobility. This can pour into your professional and personal responsibilities negatively. There are many advances in spine treatments that can reduce and relieve pain. Spinal decompression is one of these innovations.


What Is Spinal Decompression?


In non-surgical spinal decompression, the doctor employs motorized traction to elongate the spine. There are both surgical spinal decompression and non-surgical decompression treatments. Non-surgical decompression helps alleviate the spinal nerves and disks pressure. 


Decompression of the spine is great for boosting blood flow and circulation. It promotes the exchange of healthy nutrients in the spinal column between the disks. During treatment, the doctor employs several cycles of relaxation and stretching.


What Does Spinal Decompression Treat?


The FDA approved non-surgical spinal decompression about ten years ago. Since then, doctors have used it to address various issues, such as:

  • Bulging discs.
  • Leg pain (sciatica).
  • Spinal stenosis.
  • Herniated discs.
  • Pinched nerves.
  • Degenerative discs.
  • Post-surgical pain.


These are just some of the issues that non-surgical spinal decompression can treat. It is a very dynamic treatment, and its benefits are long-lasting.


How Does It Work?


Spinal decompression is achieved by utilizing combinations of stretching and relaxing the spine. This combination is essential to attain negative pressure within the spinal discs. Reversal of spinal pressure creates a vacuum inside the disc, which does two things. It helps draw in extruded disc material and helps pull back bulging discs. Consequentially, this takes the pressure off irritated or pinched nerves.


The process works by directing oxygen, nutrients, and fluid back into the discs. Furthermore, this creates a revitalized environment. This allows the healing of degenerated and herniated discs. 


What Are the Treatments Like?


During a non-surgical spinal decompression session, you wear a harness. You then lie on a motorized table, face up or face down. The upper half of the table does not move, while the lower half moves slowly. A specialized computer activates the movement of the lower half of the table. If you feel uncomfortable, you can use a patient switch to stop it.


Your treatment protocol is based on body weight, duration of symptoms, spinal condition, and sensitivity level. A single non-surgical decompression session lasts about 30 minutes. The whole treatment can last between five to seven weeks with 20 to 28 sessions. This depends again on the severity of the symptoms and the spine's condition.


For more on the length of spinal decompressions, call Charleston Chiropractic Associates at (843) 225-4357 to reach our office in Charleston, South Carolina.

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