When patients hear the words “spinal decompression” there’s often a cringe involved. To hear that your spine is compressed and must be decompressed is worrying, but spinal decompression therapy is anything but.
What Is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression a drug-free, non-surgical stretching of the spine. It is a non-invasive, narcotic-free way to relieve pressure on compressed discs, alleviate pain, promote spinal healing, and restore spinal positioning.
The practitioners at Wellspring Health use a specialized machine and training to provide spinal decompression therapy that decreases pain, restores mobility, and improves function. Treatment usually consists of several short sessions where patients don’t have to do much more than lie on their backs, relax, and let the machine do all the work.
How Does It Work?
Through very controlled, slight, back and forth movements, injured discs are gently pulled away from one another, the released. This stretch-relax movement opens up the spinal column, creating a suction action that draws the injured disc back into position. As retraction occurs, nerves are less aggravated and self-healing occurs. Patients do not experience pain, but they may feel the stretch.
This is in contrast to surgical decompression techniques, which actually remove components of the spinal column to provide more room for the aggravated nerve roots or to remove the component that is irritating the nerve.
What Can Spinal Decompression Treat?
Spinal decompression is a very effective solution for treating low back pain, neck pain, and leg pain. It is commonly used when discs are herniated or bulging. By allowing the injured disc to return to its natural position, inflammation and irritation decrease and the body is able to heal itself.
It is not a recommended treatment option for pregnant women, anyone who has had spinal fusion or back surgery in the past, or anyone with broken vertebrae. It also generally isn’t effective or recommended for those with degenerative conditions like osteoporosis.
Are You A Candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?
If you are experiencing back or neck pain and other treatment options have failed, spinal decompression is worth a look. Contact The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City to arrange a consultation with one of our therapists who will be able to determine whether or not you’d be a good candidate for this type of treatment.