Most people have experienced, or are currently experiencing moderate to severe back pain. This could be from a number of things. Exercise, injury, or just everyday wear and tear. Learning the benefits of spinal decompression can bring a new light to treatment for those struggling with back pain.
The best part about spinal decompression, is that it doesn’t involve the use of harsh medications, or invasive procedures.
While some specific back conditions might need surgery, spinal decompression is a nonsurgical option that provides patients a life without experiencing back pain.
Furthermore, it helps relieve back pain without the same high cost of an invasive procedure, or daily medications.
So, could the benefits of spinal decompression help you with back, or neck pain? Learn more about this chiropractic care below with Marron Wellness.
What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the patient’s spine in order to relieve pressure off their vertebrae. Using a motorized traction it helps to relieve back and neck pain.
When you release the tension that’s sitting on the vertebrae, any bulging or herniated discs can then retract back into place.
By releasing this pressure, water, oxygen and nutrients can now correctly flow to the discs. Allowing them to heal and giving them a much needed break.
Spinal Decompression is performed to help treat the following:
- Neck and back pain, or pain from sciatica.
- Degenerative disc disorders
- Worn spinal joints
- Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
- Bulging or degenerated discs
Suffering from back, or neck pain can occur suddenly. Maybe after an accident, or it could gradually occur over time. With those possibilities it’s relieving to be aware of this alternative option for your back or neck pain treatment.
Is it safe?
When looking at the studies and examples available, they’ve all been in favor of spinal decompression therapy.
Also, when looking at spinal decompression compared to invasive procedures, the risk factors aren’t even close in comparison.
Surgery is much more dangerous.
What Are the Benefits of Spinal Decompression?
Sciatic nerve pain could be described as a radiating pulse of pain that runs down the length of your sciatic nerve. This nerve can be found starting in the lower back, through the buttocks, hips and then down the leg.
Sciatic nerve pain will usually show on one side of the body only. This nerve pain is called sciatica and will usually show after someone herniated a disk, or has a bone spur pushing on their sciatic nerve.
This can also happen in patients who have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine. Which can cause compression on the nerves as well. If you’re living with severe sciatica, you can experience extreme leg weakness. As well as bowel and/or bladder issues.
Patient’s who only have more mild sciatica symptoms can usually feel relief over extended periods of time. Any patient having worsening symptoms, or pain should immediately go to a specialist.
Herniated discs and sciatica
Lastly, because spinal decompression isn’t invasive- it’s a great treatment for patient’s suffering from mild to more severe sciatica. This form of decompression treatment can show relief right away for sciatica patients. Most commonly those with herniated discs.
A herniated disc can lose its normal shape and in turn start to bulge. Mis-shaping it when pressure is applied to the disk. Causes them to bulge and then put pressure on the sciatic nerve.
When receiving a spinal decompression treatment at Marron Wellness, those discs can go back to their original shape and no longer bulge.
When the pressure is lifted from the sciatic nerve using spinal decompression, pain should subside.
Worn Spinal Joint Relief
In the spine, there is a three-joint complex connecting each vertebrae. Almost in a tripod shape, cushioning your weight and allowing free movement in any direction.
The spine’s facet joints can wear over time, or sometimes even tear. This can happen from any motion being constant or repetitive. An example could be a baseball pitcher constantly pitching the ball.
The joints could also slip when there is extra room between the facet joints. These two conditions can be known as facet syndrome.
When inflamed, the facet joints will feel stiff and sore at times. Patients often show increasing pain when inactive for long periods of time. For example, desk jobs that include sitting all day, or jobs that require standing all day.
The pain this brings can feel increasingly worse when getting out of bed after sleeping for 7+ hours.
Treatment for spinal joints
When it comes to treating these worn spinal joints, traditional approaches might include pain medications, physical therapy, or even surgery. Spinal decompression is a great option that a chiropractor provides as a more natural alternative.
A chiropractor treating a patient with decompression helps their facet joints create more room. With this extra room, patients can feel relief immediately.
Continuing spinal decompression treatments can help the patient’s body relearn what it should normally feel like. Helping it to form back to its original state. Adjusting itself with every treatment, the pain will slowly alleviate for days to come.
Pinched Nerve Relief
A pinched nerve occurs when it doesn’t have the right amount of space. One cause can be a herniated disc that is putting pressure on the nerve. Another cause can be pressure on the nerve from a bone abnormality.
Reducing this pressure with spinal decompression can help lessen the pain signals being sent by the pinched nerve.
Simply put, it’s exactly what spinal decompression does. Creating the room your vertebrae need between them.
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
When visiting Marron Wellness for a spinal decompression, know that it is not right for everyone. Therefore, Dr. Marron will perform an in-depth clinical evaluation and diagnostic image screenings to properly diagnose your condition. We will then decide if this treatment is suitable for you based on the findings.
Spinal decompression is performed while the patient is lying on a special chiropractic table that delivers gentle traction motion to the spine. The chiropractor can monitor the amount of pressure being used to stretch and lengthen the spine at intervals.
To achieve the best results, your treatment may include a series of 30-40 minute sessions over several weeks.
Decompressing the spine increases the space between the backbones thus allowing bulging or herniated discs to move back in position. Leg, neck, and back pain improves as a result. Releasing the affected nerves also alleviates sciatica symptoms, reduces inflammation, and restores nervous system functions.
We may incorporate physical therapy, acupuncture, and K-Laser therapy into your treatment plan to optimize the results.
Note: there are a few cases where spinal decompression may cause possible harm. Don’t get spinal decompression if you have any of the conditions listed below:
- Metal implants in your spine
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Advanced osteoporosis
One of the beneficial spinal decompression therapy side effects is increased blood flow. Though patient’s should always seek the opinion of a professional before receiving these spinal decompression treatments.
Benefits of Spinal Decompression at Marron Wellness
Spinal decompression therapy at Marron Wellness Center can provide long-term neck and back pain relief. We welcome patients from Eatontown, NJ, and nearby cities who desire a pain-free life and a renewed sense of wellness!
Call (732) 312-5230 to book an appointment today.