Spinal decompression and chiropractic go hand in hand as the objective is to relieve pain in the neck, back, and legs. A chiropractor will perform manual decompression by stretching the spine by manipulating its position to take pressure off nerves and discs and relax the muscles. The spinal decompression machine is used to help this process with added strength that maintains the adjustments as severely compressed discs can form memory and return to an unhealthy position. As the machine pulls the body, the process creates negative pressure inside the discs allowing a steady flow of oxygen, water, and nutrient-rich substances for optimal healing.
Spinal Decompression and Chiropractic
Spinal decompression therapy could be a recommended treatment option for individuals dealing with constant or chronic back pain. Decompression is a gentle, safe way to bring pain relief without surgery. This treatment is highly effective for various conditions that include:
- Bulging, Herniated, or Ruptured discs.
- Facet syndrome.
- Injured spinal nerve roots.
- Spinal stenosis.
- Individuals who have had a failed back surgery might find relief from spinal decompression and chiropractic.
The objective of the therapy is to stretch the spinal column to release pressure on the nerves. This increases the space between the vertebrae. The specialized treatment table is used to safely and slowly separate the vertebrae. The separations occur in intervals, and the experience is relaxing, especially afterward; individuals often report becoming very sleepy.
Spinal Compression Causes
- An injury to the back
- A lifetime of poor posture
- Other health conditions that cause damage to the discs, making them unable to cushion the spine, which leads to severe and debilitating pain.
- A chiropractor will work the patient through a quick stretch and release of the spine.
- The individual will lay down on the decompression table.
- Then a harness will be fitted around the neck or pelvis.
- The individual will feel pressure and a pulling sensation.
- The computerized table has sensors to tell what muscles are tensing or resisting stretching.
- These help the chiropractor adjust the amount of pressure necessary to get the proper stretch.
Sessions may include additional treatment modalities, like:
- Electric stimulation
- Cold and Heat may be applied during or after the procedure.
The chiropractor will also make recommendations on:
- Nutritional supplements.
- Stretches and exercises at home to improve strength and mobility.
DOC Decompression Table
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