If you have chronic back pain, it impacts every aspect of your life. It can take over your thoughts and edge out everything else in your life. Maybe you have even considered back surgery. Before undergoing surgery, consider non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. Here are the basics behind this relatively new technique performed by your chiropractor in Dallas, GA.
About Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression
Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a newer technology that can be defined as motorized traction, and it is used to relieve back pain. Spinal decompression slowly stretches your spine, which changes your spine’s position. The procedure takes pressure off the disks (cushions between the vertebra) in your spine. As a result, any bulging or herniated disks retract to relieve pressure on nerves and other structures. This promotes movement of nutrient-rich fluids, water and oxygen that help the disks heal.
What Conditions Benefit from Spinal Decompression
Your chiropractor can use spinal decompression to alleviate a variety of conditions. If you have back or neck pain or sciatica (weakness, or tingling in lower back and leg), you may benefit from this technique. Spinal decompression is also used to treat bulging or herniated disks, worn spinal joints, and injured or diseased spinal nerves. Although more research is required to establish parameters for how and when this technique should be used, spinal decompression is still a good alternative to surgery in many cases. Other therapies that are sometimes combined with spinal decompression include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, exercise and limited rest, as well as steroid injections in certain cases bracing and acupuncture.
Spinal Decompression Procedure
During the procedure, you keep all your clothes on. The chiropractor fits harnesses around your pelvis and trunk, and you lie down on a table. A chiropractor controls the computer to customize the session to your specific needs. Treatment typically lasts 30 to 45 minutes and you may require 20 or more sessions over several weeks.