Spinal decompression therapy is regularly offered by chiropractors as a treatment for back pain. The therapy involves stretching the spine using either a manual traction table or a similar, motorized device. It is completely non-invasive and shouldn’t be confused with spinal decompression surgery, which is a far more complex, medical procedure.
The purpose of spinal decompression therapy is to reduce the pressure that has been placed onto the intervertebral discs. These are the soft, sponge-like discs that are found between the vertebrae which are the bones that make up the spine. When these discs are under too much pressure, they can herniate, sliding out of place and compressing the surrounding nerves, causing pain and other symptoms. In some cases, the discs can become so compressed that they rupture, with the inner gel leaking out onto the nerves and causing irritation and neurological problems.
Spinal decompression changes the position of the spine, stretching it so that there is no longer such pressure placed onto the intervertebral discs. As a result, many of the symptoms that the patient has been experiencing can be eliminated. This is because the stretching allows herniated discs to retract back into the spinal column and away from the nerves and other structures that they are compromising. Creating additional space through decompression therapy also makes it possible for oxygenated blood and nutrients to reach the area, enabling it to heal and recover from trauma.
Most patients are able to see a significant improvement in their condition immediately following a spinal decompression session. Most enjoy better mobility and reduced or no need for pain medications to enable them to function on a day to day basis.
Key Benefits Of Spinal Decompression
- The procedure is FDA-approved, meaning that you can relax knowing it is entirely safe
- The process is non-invasive so there is no need for anesthetic
- It is suitable for a majority of patients
- There are minimal to no side effects
- Patients can start to see an improvement in their condition straight away
- Your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs
- Treatment is affordable and may be covered by some insurance plans
Conditions That Can Be Treated With Spinal Decompression Therapy
There is a range of different conditions that can be successfully treated using spinal decompression therapy. These include but are not limited to:
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Lumbar stenosis
- Posterior facet syndrome
Your chiropractor will be able to advise if you could benefit from this type of treatment.
How Many Sessions Of Spinal Decompression Will I Need?
Spinal decompression therapy usually takes place over a series of appointments. However, exactly how many appointments you will need will depend on the severity of the symptoms that you are experiencing and the seriousness of your condition, as well as how quickly your body responds to the treatment. Your chiropractor may be able to give you an initial indicator as to the number of sessions you will need at your consultation appointment.
To find out more about spinal decompression, or to schedule an appointment to discuss this treatment, please contact our chiropractic center in Wichita, KS today.