Spinal decompression therapy is a treatment that is non-surgical and is often used to alleviate lower back pain. The pain can be due to several conditions such as:
- Disc deformities
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
However, a chiropractor may apply this type of therapy for pain in other parts of the body including the neck, arms and legs. Any area of the body that is in pain as a result of spinal pressure can benefit from the therapy.
Also known as Vertebral Axial Decompression, spinal decompression therapy is a safe alternative to surgery. The FDA has approved this therapy for use. Chiropractors can also use this treatment on patients who experience numbness and/or pain in the hips, feet or legs.
Who Are Candidates For The Therapy?
Patients who have had back pain for more than four weeks as a result of a herniated disc will receive pain relief. Patients who have suffered with back pain for more than six months after having back surgery can also get relief through spinal decompression therapy.
Therapy Is Safer Than Surgery
Research has long supported the theory that therapy is more effective than surgery. In addition to the ailments previously discussed, decompression therapy of the spine can also reduce pain associated with soft tissue spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet arthropathy and spondylosis.
Another key advantage of implementing therapy into a treatment plan is that spinal decompression allows space to remain between each vertebra. This allows the spine to remain flexible so the movement of the head and the body are supported. This treatment lengthens bulging discs. The discs are then able to absorb nutrients that can help to heal them.
Spinal Decompression Therapy Prevents Further Nerve Damage
If therapy is postponed, blood supply can be cut off from the nerves. When sciatic nerves are impinged, patients can feel numbness in one or both legs. The patient may also feel excruciating pain in the hamstrings. Patients who feel a combination of shooting pain and numbness should schedule an appointment as soon as possible to prevent further nerve damage and possible amputation.
Spinal decompression therapy provides patients with almost instant pain relief. A knowledgeable chiropractor will determine whether you are a good candidate for the treatment.
You do not have to suffer with unbearable back and neck pain. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Renee White of Champion Chiropractor and find out if spinal decompression therapy is the best option for you.