What is Spinal Decompression?
By definition, Spinal decompression is a non-surgical procedure which intends to relieve pressure that may be accumulated on the spinal cord or on compressed nerve roots passing through or exiting from the spinal column.
What you may be wondering however, is whether or not it is good for your spine?
Join me as we go over how Spinal Decompression is done and how removing pressure from your spine can help with pain and improve quality of life.
Spinal Cord Compression
Before talking about decompression first we need to talk about why spinal compression is bad. The spinal cord may be compressed by:
- Herniated Disk
Some of the symptoms and conditions that can be caused by spinal cord compression:
- Back Pain
- Neck, Back, Lower Back Pain
- Muscle Weakness
- Poor Hand Coordination
- Herniated Discs
- Bulging Discs
- Degenerative Disc Disease
A very common way for people to suffer spinal compression is also sitting for too long. As your spine is being compressed about 30% more by sitting instead of standing. Which puts you at a higher risk of the conditions listed above.
There is a Dangerous condition called Increased Intracranial Pressure which can lead to headache. The pressure can further injure your spinal cord, this kind of headache is considered an emergency and requires immediate medical attention. An immediate response to an Intracranial Pressure headache will increase the likelihood of recovery.
How is Non Surgical Spinal Decompression Done?
For our patients who experience lower back and neck pain we at SOHMA Integrative Medicine in Long Beach and Lakewood CA offer non-surgical spinal decompression treatment. This kind of therapy stretches your spine using a device called a spinal traction. This is a specialized decompression table used to take pressure off your spine and discs. It also repositions your vertebrae naturally. People with radiating nerve pain that travels down the legs and arms benefit most from this type of non-invasive treatment.
During the treatment you are fully dressed, the doctor fits you into a harness around your abdomen and pelvis. The treatment is customized to each individual needs of the patient. Treatment only lasts about 30 to 45 minutes, and treatment may vary. Some may require as many as 20 to 30 treatments over a couple of months to see full results.
Benefits of Spinal Decompression
More and more we are finding out that non-surgical Spinal Decompression is an effective treatment which brings relief to patients with a wide variety of back and neck issues. Generally speaking the decompressive pressure from the spinal traction causes your disc protrusions and disc bulges to retract. This can take pressure off of nearby nerves and encourage the flow of blood, and oxygen to the spine in order to promote healing. As a result of this treatment many types of back and neck pains can be relieved with Spinal Decompression therapy.
Many patients find that choosing a surgical procedure with no guarantees is not as adequate of an option as choosing a simpler yet safer type of therapy. Spinal Decompression surgery has virtually no downtime after treatment. No recovery time and no high risk side effects. Something that cannot be said about invasive spinal surgery. We have seen many patient cases that have proven that non-surgical Spinal Decompression is a safe, effective and alternative option to surgery.
If you have any further questions about Spinal Decompression Therapy feel free to ask the helpful staff at SOHMA.
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