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How Spinal Decompression Therapy Works
Back pain is known by many names.
Degenerative disc disease is perhaps the most common term used because it defines generalized, overall back pain.
Degenerative disc disease isn’t really a disease – but rather a series of normal changes in the discs of the spine that, over time, may cause intradiscal pressure, herniated discs, pinched nerves, spinal stenosis, spondylosis, and more… all of which results in tremendous pain.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical spinal decompression therapeutic treatment that occurs in the safety of your doctor’s office, using equipment that gently tractions the spine, creating space where there once was compression and pain.
This therapy has seen up to an 86% success rate. This treatment is not only safe and painless but also comfortable and relaxing.
During non-surgical spinal decompression, you are fully clothed. A clinician will place one harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk. The harnesses provide stabilizing points for traction therapy, a process in which our unique, patent-pending physio-therapeutic device applies gentle traction to your spine.
Each decompression treatment lasts about 30 minutes.
The course of treatment usually requires about 20 sessions completed in 35 days.
- Spinal Decompression Therapy can uniquely isolate each lumbar or cervical vertebrae and distract the vertebrae surrounding the injured disc.
- The 25 – 30 minutes treatment provides static, intermittent, and cycling forces on structures that may be causing neck and low back pain.
- Doctors often refer to these forces as negative pressure, which promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrients into the vertebral disc area, thereby rehydrating a degenerated disc.
- Repeated pressure differential promotes retraction of a herniated nucleus pulposus (the elastic core of the intervertebral disc.)
Surgical vs Non-Surgical Treatments for Back Pain Relief
Back pain, whether you think of it as degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, pinched nerves, or sciatica, is caused by damage, wear and tear, or trauma to the bones, muscles, or other tissues of the back. Common injuries to the back include sprains and strains due to overuse, such as working out or lifting too much, prolonged sitting and lying down, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, carrying a heavy bag or purse on one shoulder only, or wearing a poorly fitted backpack.
Spinal Decompression Is A Non-Invasive Treatment
We at the North Atlanta Chiropractic Center encourage all of our patients to try every option possible before resorting to spinal surgery. Modern methods of treating back and neck pain, such as with Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy (IDD), a ground-breaking non-surgical spinal decompression technique that treats many types of back and neck pain, including Herniated or Bulging Discs, Degenerative Disc Disease, Facet Syndrome, Stenosis, Sciatica, Acute and Chronic Low Back/Neck Pain, and more. This non-surgical treatment modality is not painful and can provide life-long lasting relief.
Sometimes Pain Medication & Surgery Isn’t The Answer
Oftentimes, back pain seems to come out of nowhere. This is due to repetitive strain on the back that simply accumulates. We’re fine one minute; we simply twist back to reach for our kid in the car seat and poof! We can’t move. Though many doctors are quick to recommend surgery, modern research shows us that surgery oftentimes is not the solution. In addition to the danger of anesthesia, possible infection and human error, disc surgery is a permanent attempt to solve a problem that can often be resolved with time and dedicated effort to our body’s natural healing process.
Enjoy Daily Activities Without Pain
The end result is a greater quality of life and well being. Imagine never worrying about missing another meeting, your high school reunion, dinner with the grandkids, or your ten year anniversary. Imagine learning how to move safely, so you can bend over without pain and play with your child, smiling with joy instead of grimacing with fear?
When you are struggling to find relief from back pain, North Atlanta Chiropractic Center will help you overcome your symptoms with non-surgical therapies tailored to your needs. To schedule a consultation for your care, give us a call for a same-day appointment.
Common Types of Back Pain Spinal Decompression Therapy Can Help Alleviate
If you have been diagnosed with herniated discs or stenosis, try spinal decompression therapy, our non-surgical treatment.
Refers to the process by which the discs of the spine narrow and move closer together. Spinal stenosis can sometimes be congenital – you’re born with it. Or it can be caused by osteoarthritis, a process where the cartilage padding our joints becomes worn. In severe cases- the cartilage has been damaged so much that is has completely worn away. When the discs of the spine move closer together, they push vital life fluids apart, causing pinched nerves, ruptured and herniated discs, and more.
Are common side effects of spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease. Herniated discs occur when injury or weakness causes the inner portion of our spinal disc to protrude through the outer shell, or ring. Also known as a slipped, prolapsed, bulging or ruptured discs, herniated discs are often precursors to pinched nerves.
Pain describes the process by which the nerve becomes compressed due to less space between the discs of the spine. Because nerves carry sensation, both positive and negative, under increased compression we feel the brute force of this negative sensation, something our body interprets as pain, oftentimes causing weakness, tingling and sciatica pain.
Is also referred to as lumbar (low-back) facet (a joint where two or more bones are joined) syndrome. Each vertebra in your spine has two sets of facet joints and when these joints become dysfunctional, we experience pain, soreness, stiffness, and inflammation. Facet Syndrome may create greater pain in the morning, upon waking and improve, upon moving around. If you have facet syndrome and sit all day, be mindful of your posture, as this will exacerbate your level of discomfort and pain.
Spinal Decompression Therapy & Ancillary Procedures
Spinal decompression is highly effective for managing back pain, but it is even more successful when paired with other therapies offered at North Atlanta Chiropractic Center. With the following therapies included in your chiropractic care with spinal decompression, you will see a significant improvement in back pain and flexibility.
Lightforce Laser Therapy
Laser therapy can target injuries in the joints, which may cause inflammation and have slow healing. With laser therapy, the body’s natural healing mechanisms are accelerated as more oxygen-rich blood and nutrients are brought to the site of the injury.
Chiropractic Adjustment / Corrective Exercises
As you begin to feel pain relief, your chiropractor may design an exercise plan to improve your flexibility, strength, and range of motion. Exercise is an important aspect of the healing process because stronger muscles can support the more delicate structures of the spine where injuries take place.