Decompression therapy is a useful aid in relieving pain accumulating in the back, neck, or legs. The therapy itself involves stretching the spine by using a small motorized device or traction table. There are two types of decompression therapies: surgical and nonsurgical. At the Advanced Back and Neck Care office, we focus primarily on nonsurgical compression therapy to treat pain while being as minimally invasive as possible.
The goal of decompression therapy is to relieve pain while providing comfort in the back, neck, and leg area. The hope is to establish an environment of healing to discourage the pain from returning over time. Decompression is a beneficial choice of therapy when attempting to treat common concerns like herniated discs and other issues frequently found as the cause of back pain, such as bulging or degenerating discs.
Decompression, or spinal decompression as it’s sometimes called, is a therapy used for treating the spine in an attempt to decrease pressure on the actual disc to encourage the production of healing nutrients into the disc itself. By alternating the amount of pressure on the spinal column, the doctors at Advanced Back and Neck Care can help retract or reposition the bulging or herniated disc.
With decompression therapy, the spine is gently stretched to change the position and force of the discs. The discs in your spine can be looked at as little cushions, gel-like in nature, that sit between the bones of your spine to protect movement. The stretching relieves the pressure on the discs by creating space in between them.
As the pressure is adjusted, herniated or bulging discs have the potential to retract. As a result, nerves and other parts of your spine experiencing pain have a chance to heal. Applying pressure in specific areas of the spine promotes oxygen, water, and fluids rich in nutrients into the discs allowing them to heal.
Other issues that can benefit from decompression therapy are:
If you experience pain in your neck or back that occasionally extends into your legs, make an appointment with the doctors at Advanced Back and Neck Care to discuss your options to find relief.
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