The spine has a large impact on overall health and can wreak havoc on the body if it is improperly aligned. Spinal decompression focuses on making space within the spine for healthy, proper vertebral alignment.
Spinal decompression therapy can allow patients to heal naturally from bulging, herniated, or degenerating spinal discs without the need for surgery or prescription drugs. Spinal decompression encourages repositioning the spinal discs to their natural position.
Spinal decompression is a great treatment for patients that experience pain, tingling, numbness, or discomfort in their back, neck, or legs associated with spinal nerve irritation or improper alignment and function of spinal discs.
Discover some of the benefits of spinal decompression therapy and how it may be able to help you find relief from back or spine pain.
What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression is a form of non-surgical treatment to provide extra space between vertebral discs to allow for natural healing and recovery. Spinal decompression is achieved by using a specially designed traction table to help realign the spine.
The table used has a motorized tool that allows chiropractors to gently stretch and “decompress” the spine.
Spinal decompression is a great method for decreasing back pressure and pain within the spine. In order to relieve pain, spinal decompression creates more negative pressure within the disc–encouraging the disc to reposition itself. In the case of herniated or bulging discs, the decompression allows the disc to return to its natural position within the spine.
By righting the alignment of the spine, spinal decompression also allows for a restored flow of spinal fluid and nutrients needed to keep the body working correctly.
Conditions Treated by Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression therapy is especially useful for patients suffering from herniated, bulging, or degenerating discs and other spinal issues that can benefit from corrected spinal alignment.
By providing more space for discs and spinal vertebrae to align properly, spinal decompression therapy reduces instances of pinched nerves or discs in the back.
- Degenerative disc disease
- Slipped or herniated discs
- Spinal Stenosis
- Lower back pain
Spinal decompression may also help reduce any back, neck, or leg pain that has resulted from a damaged spinal disc. One of the benefits of spinal decompression therapy that many patients experience is the reverse of degenerative disc disease.
What to Expect
We want all our patients to be completely comfortable during their treatment at our office. RxWellness maintains a clean, modern, and spacious office so our patients always feel secure and welcome. We also have our patients remained clothed during spinal compression.
Spinal decompression therapy involved utilizing a special traction table or similar motorized device to gently stretch the spine to relieve back or leg pain. The traction table has a harness that cradles the hips once you lie down and is attached near the feet at the end of the table.
The traction table may look like a complex device and can even make some people apprehensive, but it’s just a table that facilitates the treatment of many different individuals based on their size and general spinal condition.
To achieve gentle stretching and achieve space within the spine, the upper portion of the table remains stationary while the lower part gently moves back and forth–providing spinal traction.
Patients typically feel a gentle stretch during spinal decompression procedures, but they should not experience any pain or discomfort. The benefits of spinal decompression therapy are well worth giving the treatment a chance, especially since spinal decompression is safe and has benefitted millions of patients.
Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression
One of the top benefits of spinal decompression therapy is that the patient does not have to undergo surgery or rely solely on pain medication to find relief from their condition.
Spinal decompression treatment uses the same principle of traction that has been practiced by chiropractors, physical therapists, and other health professionals for decades.
The spinal decompression treatment done at RxWellness Spine & Health is a nonsurgical method of relieving back pain, leg pain, and creating more space for the spine to heal naturally.
Our treatment plans consist of various nonsurgical options to help patients recover naturally and avoid invasive procedures. While there are some instances where medication and surgery may be warranted, they are typically reactive measures that do not address the cause of pain.
The techniques we use to alleviate pain also alleviate patient symptoms without the mild to severe side effects that result from using many pain medications. Spinal decompression is one of the nonsurgical methods we use for back and spine issues and it can be integrated slowly over several sessions to avoid any issues or overworking of the spine.
Benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy
The primary benefits of spinal decompression therapy are pain relief and condition improvement.
Both traditional traction therapy and spinal decompression are used to promote healing for herniated, bulging, or degenerating discs, among other spinal and back problems.
Spinal decompression is a type of traction therapy that creates negative pressure within discs to promote repositioning of spinal discs that have moved out of place–as in the case of herniated or bulging discs which cause pain and limit movement.
The lowered intradiscal pressure allows healing nutrients to flow back into the disc and promote natural healing. More oxygen, nutrients, and moisture are able to freely flow within the spinal disc and help rehabilitate proper spinal function.
Try Spinal Decompression
If you have back pain or suffer from a spine condition that is restricting your abilities and movement, speak to a chiropractor about what spinal decompression could do to improve your condition.
Make an appointment at RxWellness Spine & Health is one of our chiropractic clinics in northern Virginia or Maryland. Talk to a chiropractor about the benefits of spinal decompression therapy to learn more and determine if this therapy is the right course of action for your injury or condition. Call 703-904-9666 or contact us RxWellness staff online.