Spinal decompression is designed to relieve your back pain by enabling misaligned discs to return to their proper position. By returning the disc to its normal position we are reducing the pain caused when the bulging or herniated disc presses upon the nerves that run through your spine. Patients often come to us with hip pain when in actuality the pain is originating in the low back and referring to the hip.
If you suffer from back or hip pain, come in for a free consultation and let's determine if spinal decompression will reduce or eliminate your pain.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
In spinal decompression therapy a specialized padded traction table is used. While lying on your back, the doctor will guide the movement of the traction using special computer software. The table alternately stretches and releases your spine focusing on the lumbar, thoracic, sacral or cervical regions depending on the area of your injury.
Each stretch relieves pressure on the injured area and promotes the flow of healing fluids to the area which can re-hydrate discs . There are many conditions of chronic pain and soreness that can be treated with spinal decompression therapy.
- Slipped or bulging discs
- Herniated or torn discs
- Degeneration of the disc due to disease or aging
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet syndrome
- Upper back pain
- Neck pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Pinched nerves
The number of treatments needed greatly depends on the severity of the problem. As a comprehensive treatment plan designed to strengthen and support the healing and restoration of the spine, our doctors may also suggest massage therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to spinal decompression.
What is Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression is a unique way of treating lower back and neck pain. Due to aging, injury, or wear and tear, damage to the soft discs that help to cushion and protect the vertebrae in your spine may occur. When the discs are injured, they will bulge beyond their limits. This creates pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord, spreading to the arms, legs, and other parts of the body.
Spinal decompression creates a vacuum effect during the therapy, this is called “negative intra-discal pressure” which retracts the herniated or bulging disc. This reduces the pressure on the nerves while allowing degenerated disc tissue to heal naturally. By decompressing the spine, an increase in flow of nutrient rich fluids occurs. This promotes hydration of degenerated discs allowing for restoration and prevention of further damage and pain.
After injury or illness, restoring function to the musculoskeletal system is crucial in healing. At St. Petersburg Chiropractic Injury and Rehab, our doctors will work with you to establish a personalized treatment plan.
You don’t have to suffer in pain, and medications and surgeries are not always the best solution. Call us today, we want to help you get the pain relief you need naturally.