For those with back pain and other related symptoms, then you know how disruptive lasting pain can be to your daily life. All you think about is finding relief, and what’s interesting is how some people are turning to spinal decompression therapy as a solution to combat pain.
Neck and back pain are a huge socioeconomic and health problem in our society, affecting over 80% of North Americans, and symptoms are often frequent.
If you suffer from back pain or neck pain, then spinal decompression might be a treatment you should speak with your healthcare provider about.
What does spinal decompression treat?
Spinal decompression, non-surgical that is, is a form of motorized traction that can help reduce back pain and works by gently stretching the spine, which changes the force and position of the spine. The change may help in taking off the pressure on spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, and creates a negative pressure in the disc. As a result, herniated or bulging discs might retract, taking pressure off the nerve and other structures located in the spine. Nonsurgical spinal decompression promotes movement of oxygen, water and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so that they can heal. Spinal decompression has been used to treat injured or diseased spinal nerve roots, worn spinal joints, bulging or herniated discs, and sciatica or neck or back pain. There is also surgical spinal decompression that is another method in treating certain types of back pain.
How long should you do spinal decompression?
According to a large number of healthcare providers who perform the procedure, spinal decompression should consist of about twelve to twenty sessions over a four-to-six-week span, depending of course on your condition. Some patients report relief from their ongoing pain and other related symptoms after the first few sessions and most people experience significant pain relief after completion of their treatment program.
What is the success rate of spinal decompression?
There have been a large number of studies carried out on spinal decompression, and non-surgical treatment has positive results from patients. Many studies show a 71% to 91% success rate, with another study reporting and immediate resolution of symptoms in 86% of patients.
Is spinal decompression safe?
Healthcare providers assure that non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is safe and is an effective solution to back surgery. Still, like any treatment, there are some risks involved and is the key reason why your chiropractic doctor may ask you to undergo X-rays, MRI, or a physical exam in order to determine if it’s safe and correct for you. People with the following conditions should not have non-surgical spinal decompression: tumor, metal implants in the spine, advanced osteoporosis, and fracture.
How is non-surgical decompression done?
The treatment is done while you are fully clothed, and your doctor may fit you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk. During the procedure, you either lie face up or face down on a computer-controlled table, and the doctor operates the computer to customize treatment for your specific needs. Each treatment may last about 30 to 45 minutes and before or after the therapy, your doctor may have you take parts in other types of treatment, like heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation.
If your back or neck pain is getting you down and interfering with daily life, then you should consider non-surgical spinal decompression. Speak with a doctor first, and one option you should consider is contacting us and booking an appointment through our website. Our experienced team provides the best in chiropractic care and physical therapy to help treat pain and we offer non-surgical spinal decompression.