How does Spinal Decompression Work?

Surgery should be a last resort for low back pain, not a first-line option. If you suffer from chronic low back pain and are looking for an alternative treatment method that is non-invasive, consider spinal decompression. An FDA-approved treatment method, spinal decompression restores the spinal column to its proper placement and alleviates back pain. Read on to learn more.

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy uses a special table that adjusts to alternately stretch and relax the spine. During all treatments, patients are fully clothed and strapped to the table by the hips. The top of the table remains stationary while the bottom shifts back and forth to stretch and relax the spine.

While this treatment sounds extreme, it is gentle and non-invasive. Most patients feel a stretch as the table moves. Many of our patients find this relaxing. Spinal decompression consists of a series of treatments that ultimately help to restore the cervical vertebrae to their proper position to alleviate inflammation, soreness, and pain.

This treatment is not recommended for pregnant women, people who have had failed back surgery, people who have spinal fusion or spinal implants, and anyone on blood thinner medication.

How does spinal decompression treat back pain?

This process of spinal decompression creates pressure inside the discs in the back, which helps herniated or building discs to heal. The process also promotes blood flow along the cervical spine, which allows healing nutrients to enter the disc and promote healing from the inside out.

Chiropractors provide this treatment in the office. Most of the time, patients require a series of treatments over four to six weeks to restore the spinal health. Our chiropractor may incorporate additional treatment methods into the session to speed healing. These may include cold therapy, heat therapy, or electrical stimulation. At the end of each session, our chiropractor may make additional health, wellness, and nutrition recommendations to speed healing.

Do you have any questions about spinal decompression and how it can relieve back pain? Ask your questions here or contact us directly to learn more about this healing method.