How Spinal Decompression Therapy May Help Sciatica Patients

Sciatica is a chronic pain-related illness, and many sciatica patients rely on a variety of treatment methods to experience relief from the pain associated with their illness. Sciatica is characterized by pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs after originating in the lower back. General compression or irritation of one of the five spinal nerve roots of each sciatic nerve leads to chronic pain, inflammation, and general fatigue on the patient’s part from simply trying to manage their symptoms. While surgery is one option for those with severe sciatic nerve damage, there is fortunately a less invasive way to treat sciatic nerve pain that does not involve any surgery or medication.

Spinal Compression Therapy For Sciatica Patients

Numerous scientific studies have all found that spinal compression therapy, a non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure, is incredibly effective at treating sciatica patients and improving their symptoms of pain and discomfort. While there is a surgical version of spinal compression therapy, it is the non-surgical version of this treatment that really has alternative healthcare practitioners hopeful for the future of treating sciatica pain. Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy works to address two glaring problems in a completely natural manner. First, when the sciatic nerve is pinched by a herniated disc, it creates pain in the body, in addition to brittleness of the affected disc. From this point, the now-compressed disc starts to restrict the flow of nutrients in the spinal column, which ultimately causes the disc to begin to deteriorate.

So how does the therapy work, and what exactly does it entail? Duringthe therapy session, the patient is asked to lie on a decompression table. Next, a computer-operated traction device works to gently stretch and elongate the patient’s spinal column. Essentially, the process works to gently, in minute increments of time, slowly open up space in the vertebrae in order to encourage and allow the affected, herniated disc to slip back into its proper place within the spinal column. This additional space also helps restore the healthy flow of nutrients to the disc, which promotes its healing and added strength. In this way, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a great alternative treatment method for sciatica patients who are not eligible for, or simply do not desire, lengthy and complicated surgeries in their future. Once again, chiropractic care can help patients living with chronic pain breathe easier.

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