Spinal decompression is a treatment that relieves back pain by lowering the pressure in herniated discs. It is most common in the lower (lumbar) spine but can also be effective in the upper (cervical) spine. Several studies have found that spinal decompression is an effective therapy for relieving low-back pain. However, there are some important things to keep in mind. For more information, call your local Chiropractor Frisco.
Spinal decompression therapy relieves pressure on spinal nerves, surrounding muscles, and soft tissue. This allows the herniated material pushing on nerves to return to its normal position, alleviating pain and allowing your body to heal naturally. It also eliminates the need for surgery, anesthesia, or other invasive treatments.
Many people who suffer from herniated discs, chronic back pain, and neck pain find relief with noninvasive treatment methods. These include acupuncture (where needles are inserted into various points on the body to release natural pain-relieving chemicals), chiropractic care, spinal manipulation, and physical therapy. Some patients are even able to get relief with over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen.
If these treatments don’t provide relief, then doctors may recommend surgery to help ease the symptoms of a herniated or bulging disc. Typically, these surgeries involve removing tissue impinging on the spinal cord or one of the compressed nerve roots passing through or exiting the spinal column. Surgery options for herniated discs can include laminectomy, corpectomy, or spinal fusion.
During a spinal decompression therapy session, you will lie on a specialized machine that uses computer controls to stretch and unload the spine gently. The machine will create a cycle of distraction and relaxation that progresses to a peak over several minutes. This cycle helps increase space between the vertebrae in the spinal column, alleviating pressure on spinal nerves, spinal discs, and joints. The reduced strain also boosts circulation, facilitating the flow of oxygen, water, and nutrients into the affected area.
This noninvasive approach to treating herniated discs is safer and more effective than surgical options. Research has shown that over a month or two, 85% of people with herniated discs experience significant pain relief, and the majority of those who continue treatment report that their symptoms have disappeared altogether.
If you’re experiencing the numbness, tingling, or pins-and-needles sensation that often accompanies herniated or bulging discs, contact Manhattan Sports Therapy to learn more about our noninvasive spinal decompression therapy. It can significantly reduce your pain and discomfort in just a few visits.
When compared to the risks associated with surgery, which can include damage to spinal nerves, back muscles, and blood vessels and infection, spinal decompression therapy is a safe, noninvasive treatment. Spinal decompression therapy is also safer than taking prescription pain medications, which often come with dangerous side effects.
Spinal decompression uses motorized traction to lengthen and decompress the spine gently. The reversal of pressure in the discs creates a negative intradiscal vacuum that helps to reposition bulging or herniated discs, removing the pressure on pinched nerves and promoting the healing of injured or diseased tissue.
Patients who experience back or neck pain from herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and other conditions can benefit from this state-of-the-art technology for lower back and sciatica pain relief and neck and arm/leg pain relief, depending on the condition. Unlike other types of spinal therapy, which can take up to three or four weeks to see results, spinal decompression is quick and effective and requires no recovery period.
It’s also safe for patients who have had prior spinal surgeries and is a great option for those with a history of spinal disc disease. Spinal decompression can help recover from surgery and speed up the healing of a damaged or injured spine.
The best thing about spinal decompression is that it’s a natural, drug-free way to ease pain caused by herniated discs and other spine issues. It’s so gentle that most patients fall asleep during treatments, and it can be performed in our office. This is in stark contrast to back surgery, which can lead to a long and painful recovery and can even result in nerve damage or numbness.
Millions of people suffer from chronic back and neck pain that does not respond to conservative treatments or medication. They are tired of spending money on invasive surgery and getting only short-lived relief. Many have seen their friends or relatives undergo spinal surgery, risking serious complications and experiencing the dreaded “failed back surgery syndrome.” For those looking for an alternative to expensive surgeries and dangerous pain medications, a new noninvasive treatment called spinal decompression can be the answer.
Several studies have shown that spinal decompression can reduce or eliminate back pain in many patients. It is a non-surgical, drug-free treatment for herniated or bulging discs, degenerative spinal conditions, stenosis (narrowing of the space in your spine), sciatica (pinched nerves), and other causes of neck pain. The therapy involves repetitive, gentle stretching of your spine. It also promotes the retraction of herniated or bulging disc material back into the space between your vertebrae, relieving nerve pressure.
Your doctor may order diagnostic imaging to take “pictures” of your back or neck to indicate the cause of your pain. These include CT scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X-rays. The most important thing is to find a solution to your pain that will let you return to your normal activities. Your healthcare provider can suggest medications or other treatments to alleviate your symptoms and allow you to return to work, play, or school.
Surgery may be recommended for some conditions that cause pain or weakness in the lower back or neck, such as:
A herniated (bulging) disc in which part of a disk protrudes into the space between your vertebrae.
Spinal stenosis is caused by the narrowing of the space in your spine as you age.
Facet joint syndrome occurs when the joints that connect your spine become inflamed or damaged.
In surgery, your surgeon will remove the section of bone causing the problem, usually through an incision in your back. They will then replace the damaged bone with a piece from another part of your body, such as the hip or a donated bone. They may also use screws and connecting rods to secure the bone sections.
Often, the bones of the spine heal on their own. Medications and other conservative treatments, such as spinal decompression, can offer relief while you heal. Some people can avoid surgery altogether by starting decompression therapy early. Our spinal decompression therapy is gentle, comfortable, and relaxing; in fact, most patients fall asleep during their sessions.
Spinal decompression is a cost-effective alternative to surgery and other invasive treatments for back pain. The treatment helps to restore disc height, which decreases lower back pain. Additionally, spinal decompression is an excellent therapy to use in conjunction with chiropractic care or physical therapy. Getting spinal decompression therapy in the early stages of your herniated or bulging discs can help you avoid the need for surgery, which comes with a much longer recovery time.
Studies show that many people who have a herniated or bulging disc would benefit from spinal decompression therapy over surgery. Typically, patients who undergo spinal decompression therapy experience immediate relief from their back pain. The treatment can also treat other conditions, such as sciatica and arthritis.
The nonsurgical spinal decompression technique is performed with a special table that manipulates and decompresses your spine. You are strapped into the machine, which a professional operates. The device uses motorized traction and computer controls to ensure you get the best possible results. The traction creates negative pressure between your vertebrae, which draws away fluid and relieves spinal compression.
You can expect to feel a sense of pain relief after just six sessions and full relief after about eight to 12 treatment sessions. However, the number of sessions you require will vary by case. The goal is to get your symptoms under control so that you can start your rehabilitation program as soon as possible.
Spinal decompression is safe and comfortable, and most people sleep through their treatment sessions. The sessions are quick; most patients can return to work and normal daily activities within a few weeks. If you’re experiencing neck or back pain, contact us to see if spinal decompression therapy is right for you.
It’s important to note that spinal decompression is not suitable for everyone, including pregnant women and those with implants in their bodies. It’s best to speak with a chiropractor to learn more about the procedure and whether or not it’s appropriate for you. If not, they will recommend other noninvasive options to help you overcome your back pain.