How Spinal Decompression Helps Back Pain

If you suffer from persistent back pain, you know how disruptive it is to your life. Simple tasks can cause severe pain causing you to forgo activities that you love. You may be thinking that there is little hope of finding lasting relief. The good news is, there is a solution to your back problem. Instead of relying on medicine that causes long-term health issues, try spinal decompression.


Benefits of Spinal Decompression

Both surgical and non-surgical spinal decompression can reduce your back pain. However, most people agree that the non-surgical option is preferable. You can get the benefits of the treatment without going through surgery. This means you can avoid the downtime and complications associated with surgery.


Understanding Spinal Decompression

The procedure involves the use of motorized traction. The treatment gently stretches the spine, altering its position and relieving painful spinal disc pressure. Discs are the gel-like cushions found between the spinal bones, called vertebrae.

The procedure allows herniated or bulging disks to retract, removing pressure from the nerves. This promotes the movement of oxygen, water, and nutrients into the disks.


Relieving Pressure as Pain Prevention

Spinal decompression can reduce low back pain. A spinal decompression machine applies force to certain parts of the spine. The force separates the discs, which increases blood flow to the affected area. Increased blood flow provides more nutrients to the damaged sections. Such areas include the discs and pinched nerves.

This process allows your body to heal itself. Treatment lasts between 30 to 45 minutes. Its pressure can be adjusted, but most patients find the treatments comfortable.


Healing Back Pain Over Time

In most cases, it takes more than one session for spinal decompression to give noticeable, long-lasting results. The specialist first examines you to determine the number of treatments necessary. Diagnosing the condition and learning about the patient’s medical and family history is essential.

Some individuals experience fast relief, while others may need more sessions of treatment. After a few treatments, you should notice that your back does not hurt or feel as stiff as it did before. The results improve over time.


Combining Several Treatments

In many cases, specialists combine treatments to make the process more effective. Depending on the condition, the doctor may choose to apply heat to the back before the patient gets on the machine to loosen tight muscles. Other treatments used include electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and cold therapy. A combination of these treatments can help to enhance the efficacy of spinal decompression.

Spinal decompression works perfectly for many back pain conditions. However, it is not the perfect option for all types of back pain. Some of the conditions that respond well to the treatment include the following:

  • Sciatica.

  • Degenerative disc disease.

  • Herniated discs.

  • Bulging discs.

  • Worn spinal joints.

  • Spinal nerve root damage.

To learn more about spinal decompression, visit Charleston Chiropractic Associates at our office in Charleston, South Carolina. You can also call us at (843) 225-4357 to book an appointment today.

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