Back pain is one of the most common problems people experience, with nearly 65 million Americans suffering from it in their lifetime. Additionally, roughly 16 million Americans experience chronic back pain, which can significantly reduce a person’s quality of life. Especially in the case of a herniated, bulging, or damaged spinal disc, the pain can be debilitating.
If you suffer from chronic back pain, you probably know some of the available treatments like medication, physiotherapy, and surgery, to name a few. Another treatment that you might not know about, however, is Spinal Decompression Therapy.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical, FDA-approved treatment that helps treat disc injuries in the lower back and neck. The spine is gently stretched during the procedure, allowing the position and force within the spine to change. This adjustment helps to decompress the injured disc by creating a “vacuum effect” or negative pressure in the disc, taking the pressure off your nerves and reducing pain.
How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?
During the session, patients will be asked to lie either face-up or down on a computer-controlled table that is operated by the physician. You will be fully dressed during this process, and the doctor will customize the treatment for your unique needs.
In Spinal Decompression Therapy, the pressure that causes back pain is reduced through motorized traction, which dramatically reduces pain levels. It also facilitates the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluid into the disks, thus speeding up the healing process even more.
What Conditions Does It Treat?
Spinal Decompression Therapy can be used to treat:
- Pain in the back or neck.
- Sciatica, which causes tingling, muscle weakness, or pain in the leg arising from a bulging disk or a degenerative disk.
- Facet joint disorders (degenerated or injured spinal joints).
- Affected nerve roots in the spine due to disease or injury.
Benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy
A Spinal Decompression Therapy session typically lasts anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes, and there is no pain or discomfort. The sessions take place over four to six weeks.
Treats Chronic Pain
Spinal Decompression Therapy can help treat chronic pain as well as acute flare-ups. Since it allows the disc to be repositioned without tension and promotes healing due to the nutrients and oxygen drawn into the disc, it allows the body to heal itself.
Non-Invasive and Non-Surgical
One of the biggest benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy is that it doesn’t require the costs, pain, and recovery time associated with surgery. In addition, it can even help avoid a spinal fusion or discectomy in some patients.
Pain shouldn’t stop you from living your life or enjoying your favorite activities. At Hands-On Health Care & Chiropractic, we take pride in helping people live pain-free lives. We offer several types of therapy to help you achieve your goals, so reach out to us today! Don’t forget to ask about our military, college, and senior discounts!