Understanding Spinal Decompression Therapy: 3 Things Every Back Pain Patient Needs to Know
If your back pain has lasted for six months or longer, a herniated disc or other spinal misalignment may be the cause. Chronic back pain can have a serious impact on your health and daily life, impacting your professional success and personal comfort. Spinal decompression treatments can help provide pain management and improve overall health.
Spinal Decompression Therapy Manages Personal Injury Pain
Many of our personal injury patients are curious about spinal decompression therapy and wonder if this treatment is right for their pain management needs.
Below, our chiropractor answers three of your most frequently asked questions about decompression therapy and pain management.
Why does decompression therapy relieve back pain?
In order to understand why decompression therapy is effective, it is important to understand the causes for back pain. Most back pain is due to a spinal misalignment. Sciatica, for example, is a pain condition that occurs when a herniated disc in the lumbar spine compresses the sciatic nerve. This in turn triggers a radiating and numbing pain sensation along the length of the sciatic nerve. Decompression therapy is a pain management technique that gently tractions the spine, relieving compression and alleviating pressure on the nerves.
What should I expect during a treatment session?
During a treatment session, you will lie down on a computerized decompression table. Precise, computerized movements will slowly traction your spine. Most treatment sessions last between 15 and 30 minutes. The treatment itself is very gentle. Depending on the severity of your pain, you may experience immediate partial relief after just one session. For maximum pain relief, most patients benefit from a series of treatment sessions over several weeks.
Am I a good candidate for treatment?
Decompression therapy is effective for managing back pain caused by a personal injury, herniated disc, spinal stenosis and other health problems. A diagnostic appointment with our chiropractor is the best way to determine if decompression therapy is the right treatment for your pain management needs.
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