Spinal Decompression and Back Pain



A common cause of lower back pain occurs when there is damage to the spine, causing disorders such as degenerative disc disease, herniated, bulging, or protruding discs, and sciatica. While traditional surgical options are often never greater than 60 percent effective, spinal decompression provides a much safer and effective alternative.

Spinal decompression works on the understanding that pain is occurring because disc material is being squeezed out of the joint. By gently separating the discs involved, it gives opportunity to the joint material to move back into the joint, and to allow for more moisture. This is basically providing an opportunity for the disc to heal.

The discs are slightly separated by lying on a special table. The table bends a little, which allows the separation to occur at the right place. A harness is also worn while on the table. It is painless, and some people even go to sleep while on the table. In order to be effective, the treatment needs to be repeated a number of times. The patient will usually need to go about three times a week, for about a month. Spinal decompression at a chiropractor’s office has been found to be about 88 percent effective, and no surgery is needed.

The process is often helped with a special computer system. It carefully helps the spine to be elongated at the right place. Prior to giving a patient spinal decompression services, the chiropractor will perform a physical evaluation. An x-ray or MRI will often be required in order to verify that the treatment can help the patient.

Most problems causing back pain are not serious. A chiropractor works to relieve the pain and to give measures to strengthen the back muscles and increase overall health. Many people find that spinal decompression is the non-surgical solution they have been waiting for.

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