There are several reasons why a person may feel pressure and compression in the spinal area. Some of the reasons include an injury to the back or from physical activities that are extreme enough to cause sciatica or a hernia. Medical professionals call the compression of the spinal channels spinal stenosis. Chiropractic decompression therapy sometimes relieves the pain caused by bulging discs in the spine.
This type of therapy is extremely effective at determining the real reason a person is experiencing the pain and also help the chiropractor address where therapy will be the most useful. When there is compression in the spine, the blood flow becomes restricted in the spine. The lack of blood flow and nutrients can cause additional damage in conjunction with the pain of the ailment.
Get Pain Relief with Chiropractic Decompression Therapy
After receiving a physical exam and answering some questions about your medical history, the chiropractor will make a diagnosis. During the exam, you may also have to take some diagnostic tests such as x-rays. Once the chiropractor diagnoses you with spinal stenosis, therapy will begin.
Spinal decompression physical therapy is a non-invasive procedure. The doctor asks patients to lie on a specialized table called a decompression table. Pressure is then applied to the affected areas of the spine. There is no need to worry about too much force being applied to the spine because the therapy is controlled by a computer and monitored by the chiropractor. However, it is important for patients to understand that the therapy does not provide an instant solution. But the vertebrae will open enough to allow blood flow to return to the area.
Are You A Candidate For Spinal Decompression Therapy?
If you have been involved in a car accident, have slipped and fallen or have had sudden and traumatic injury to your spinal column, you may be a possible candidate for decompression therapy. These types of injuries often cause:
- Herniated discs
- Poor posture
- Pinched nerves
Patients who are older or work manual labor jobs and have back pain may also be candidates for this safe and alternative form of therapy.
It is important to know that chiropractors do not recommend chiropractic decompression therapy for patients who have fractures. Patients should also understand the commitment they must make before beginning therapy. Address all questions and concerns with the chiropractor before therapy begins.
Dr. Renee White is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and a licensed chiropractor. We at Champion Chiropractic strive to assist you in your health goals. Make an appointment today!