Non-surgical spinal decompression is a kind of traction that can help with back pain. It works by stretching the spine gently. Spinal decompression therapy repositions the spine to take the pressure off of the spinal discs. This means that any herniated or bulging discs can retract, reducing any pressure placed on the nerves. This treatment also helps promote the movement of oxygen, water, and nutrient-rich fluid to the damaged discs helping them heal. Our chiropractors at East West Chiropractic in Groton provide treatment for disc injuries using spinal decompression therapy.
Conditions Treated with Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression is used to treat several different health conditions:
- herniated discs
- bulging discs
- worn spinal joints
- neck pain
- back pain
- diseased and injured spinal nerve roots
It is important to treat these conditions since delaying treatment often leads to the pain becoming chronic or worse.
How Non-Surgical Decompression Done is Applied
You will be fully clothed during the treatment. The doctor fits you with a harness around your pelvis. You will either be face up or lay face down on a table that is controlled by a computer. The doctor will operate the computer and the treatment is customized to meet your specific needs. The treatment can last between 15 and 30 minutes. Depending on your condition, you may need 20 to 28 treatments over the course of five to seven weeks. Either before or after the treatment, you may also receive other forms of treatment, such as cold or heat therapy, ultrasound therapy, electrical stimulation, or manual chiropractic manipulation.
Good Candidates for Spinal Decompression
Our chiropractors can let you know if you are a good candidate for this treatment. Disc injuries in particular tend to respond well to this form of treatment. It is best not to receive spinal decompression when you are pregnant or if you have a tumor, fracture, or advanced osteoporosis. It is also not recommended if you have already undergone spinal surgery with an implant or metal plates, screws, or other types of hardware.
An Alternative to Spinal Surgery
One of the main benefits of non-surgical spinal decompression is that it is an alternative to surgery. Surgery can come with many different risks. Non-surgical spinal decompression is minimally invasive and avoids post-op recovery. Our chiropractors will have you undergo an examination, MRI, and X-rays to make sure that it is the right treatment for you.
If you are experiencing pain related to your neck or back and are looking for a non-surgical, drug-free form of treatment, spinal decompression might be right for you. Call our team at East West Chiropractic today at 860-446-9700 to schedule a consultation with one of our chiropractors. Spinal decompression is just one of the tools we use at East West Chiropractic to provide effective pain relief for our patients.