Spinal Decompression Therapy is a nonsurgical therapeutic treatment option aimed at stretching the spine and alleviating back pain. Using a traction table (or similar mechanism), the spine is elongated, providing space to areas where discs have become dislodged. This style of therapy is used in the treatment of both neck and back pain; however, not all patients are suitable to receive it. Knowing the root cause of the pain and receiving a doctor’s diagnosis is crucial before opting to move forward with Spinal Decompression Therapy.
What are the Causes of Lower Back and Neck Pain?
Lower back and/or neck pain are common ailments that can be attributed to a wide range of causes. Pain in these areas is related to the spinal cord and surrounding vertebra which protect it. Discs are set between each vertebra and function as shock absorbers, protecting both the vertebra and spinal cord from impact-related injuries. Pain is common when these discs become herniated or damaged. This is because the changing size, shape, and/or position of the disc can modify the locality of pressure, increasing it to the surrounding nerves.
This is the most common cause of numbness and pain in these areas of the body. Injuries are a major source of back and neck pain. A person can experience these injuries in a plethora of settings and at any time in life, and pain might not present itself until sometime after an injury. More commonly, people may experience varying degrees of pain and/or discomfort as a natural part of the aging process.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression is a traction therapy that is applied to the spine in order to gently stretch it. The benefits of the treatment are numerous. The therapy aims at creating a negative intradiscal pressure that promotes repositioning of the bulging or herniated disc. Pressure is created, causing a flow of healing substances and nutrients to enter the discs.
Who is a Potential Candidate?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is appropriate in treating a wide variety of ailments and conditions. It is commonly recommended for general lower back pain, sciatica, and neck pain caused by a herniated, bulging or degenerated disc. Patients with Facet Syndrome, which affects the small joints of the back and spinal bones, are also candidates for nonsurgical spinal decompression treatment.
However, there a variety of instances in which decompression therapy is an inappropriate treatment choice. Pregnant women are not eligible for this type of treatment, along with patients with broken vertebrae, artificial discs, or spinal implants. If you’ve had an abdominal aortic aneurysm or have been diagnosed with metastatic cancer, you should avoid Decompression Therapy. Patients who have had failed back surgeries or have not seen an improvement in their pain post-surgery should also seek other treatment options.
Why choose The Spine and Wellness Chiropractic Centers?
With two multi-specialty chiropractic centers in Coral Springs, our team is able to provide individualized, integral care for each patient. Contact one of our centers today to start your injury recovery, pain management, and spinal care.