What Conditions Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Help Remedy?

Spinal decompression is effective in remedying chronic back pain.

At the onset of a persistent back, neck, sciatic nerve, or radiant pain — well before most people are even aware that their condition will eventually become long-standing — anti-inflammatory pain medication can be an effective, reliable solution.

But even though medication can be all the more effective when paired with complementary treatments like physical therapy and massage, no one can rely on pain pills for indefinite, around-the-clock relief. And when a chronic pain condition progresses, as most inevitably do, many people find themselves turning to powerful steroid injections or considering surgery.

Luckily, ongoing advances in chiropractic medicine have provided a far more practical option: spinal decompression therapy, an innovative treatment that mechanically stretches your spine to decrease pressure while simultaneously increasing blood flow to damaged areas.

In addition to providing fast pain relief for a wide range of conditions, this far-reaching solution promotes the kind of healing that brings improved mobility, increased range of motion, and long-lasting relief. Here’s what you need to know.  

The science of spinal decompression

Based on the same basic chiropractic principles that guide hands-on spinal adjustments, spinal decompression therapy uses a motorized, computer-assisted traction table to mechanically stretch and lengthen your spine.

The therapy has two main goals: to relieve spine-related pressure and pain, and to foster a more healing environment for degenerating, bulging, slipped, ruptured, or compressed spinal discs.  

So how does spinal decompression therapy work?

Before you even lie down on the traction table, we feed a variety of treatment-determinant factors — including your body weight, the nature of your spinal condition, the duration of your symptoms, and your overall level of sensitivity — into the specialized computer that activates the table and continuously monitors your body’s response.  

Once you’re on the table, you’re fitted with a harness that’s attached to the motorized half of the table or the area that gently slides back and forth as it cycles through precise curved-angle pull forces and periods of intermittent relaxation.    

Apart from taking pressure off your spinal discs, the therapy’s slow, steady stretching action also generates a certain degree of negative pressure that compels your discs to momentarily retract.

This powerful vacuum effect causes an influx of nutrient-rich fluids and oxygen into the discs themselves, in a sort of “tidal wave of healing” that supports and accelerates your body’s natural tissue repair cycle.

The benefits of spinal decompression

As a treatment designed to systematically restore injured, degraded, or impaired spinal discs to a healthy, working order, spinal decompression therapy is an ideal solution for virtually any condition that either stems from or involves, disc-related pressure and pain.

Here at Mass Ave Chiropractic, we frequently use spinal decompression to treat:

Bulging or herniated discs

Spinal decompression therapy can help correct a bulging disc or one that has protruded beyond its normal space or slipped out of place completely. Bulging discs are often responsible for chronic lower back pain and persistent neck pain.

Spinal decompression therapy can also help repair herniated discs or those that have developed cracks in their rubbery exterior. As a herniated disc leaks its soft interior gel onto nearby nerves, it can cause relentless, burning pain sensations that radiate from your neck into your shoulders or from your lower back into your hips and legs (sciatica).

Degenerative disc disease

Spinal decompression therapy can help reverse the effects of degenerative disc disease, a common and progressive wear-and-tear condition that occurs when the natural aging process that degrades your normally moist, supple, and flexible spinal discs into a dry, stiff, and rigid state.

For people with degenerative disc disease, spinal decompression therapy can help decrease feelings of stiffness and discomfort, improve spinal flexibility, increase range of motion, and enhance fluidity.  

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a degenerative structural disorder that causes your spinal canal to become increasingly narrower over time. Although it can develop in any part of your spine, it’s most common in the lumbar spine or lower back.

To alleviate chronic lower back pain, lower body weakness, and other debilitating symptoms caused by spinal stenosis, spinal decompression therapy works to release tension throughout your spinal canal and restore space to crowded discs.  

Facet syndrome

Facet syndrome, or pain that occurs at any of the flexible facet joints that link your vertebrae together, is usually a consequence of age-related wear-and-tear. It may occur when the joint itself breaks down and compresses a spinal disc, or it may occur when a weak or degraded disc collapses and allows your bones to rub against one another.   

Spinal decompression therapy is a gentle and effective way to lengthen compressed areas of spine, restore facet joint function and flexibility, and accelerate disc healing.  

To find out how spinal decompression therapy can help you overcome almost any condition that’s rooted in disc-related pressure or pain, call our Indianapolis office today, or use the easy online tool to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kielur any time.

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