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The What’s And How’s Of Spinal Decompression

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.

Call Wellspring Health at 386-775-6879 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.

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Experience Drug-Free Chronic Pain Relief at Wellspring Health

Too often, people in pain reach for the medicine cabinet, hoping to find relief with pain relievers. When that doesn’t work their next step may be to visit their family physician who will likely recommend prescription narcotics to mask the pain. In severe cases, surgery may even be recommended. Isn’t there another option?

Yes! There are non-narcotic and non-surgical treatments that can help provide acute and chronic pain management and relief. The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City offers effective treatment options that can help patients who are tired of living with chronic pain.

The Trouble With Narcotics

The opioid crisis has highlighted the dangers of overprescribing pain medications. Besides the possibility of addiction, narcotic pain relief doesn’t fix the problem, it only masks the pain. Patients experience short-term pain relief, but once the medication wears off, the pain returns. Over time, patients who come to rely on narcotics for pain relief may need higher and higher doses of the medication or need to take it more frequently to experience relief. It’s a never-ending circle.

Non-Narcotic Pain Treatments

Chiropractic care is an effective alternative for pain management. Non-narcotic and non-invasive, chiropractic care gets to the root of the problem, helping to restore natural function and positioning so the body can heal itself and remain pain-free.

A chiropractic treatment plan may involve many different things; it all depends on the type of injury and severity of the pain. A comprehensive treatment plan may include any or all of the following:

Arrange a Consultation To Say Goodbye To Chronic Pain

Pain management at The Complete Wellness Center of Orange City is a multi-faceted approach that has proven effective. If you want to avoid or reduce your use of narcotics and pain killers or need a second opinion about the need for surgical interventions, call us. There is a strong chance that our non-surgical, non-narcotic pain management techniques can provide you with the relief you seek.

Call Wellspring Health at 386-775-6879 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.