Spinal Decompressive Traction
Spinal Decompression Therapy at Chiropractic
When your spinal column loses its normal configuration, joints, discs and nerve tissue in the area can all suffer — and when they suffer, so do you. Acute injuries or degenerative conditions can leave you with a variety of painful problems that might have you worried about the possible need for back or neck surgery. The good news is that many of these ailments can be relieved through a non-surgical form of spinal decompression.
The Relationship Between Spinal Joints, Vertebral Discs and Pinched Nerves
One of the spine’s greatest features can also be one of its most troublesome liabilities. To achieve its extraordinary flexibility while maintaining the body’s balance as you make all kinds of motions, the spinal column must be articulated across 24 disc-cushioned vertebrae. This structure can’t help but have multiple failure points, any of which can cause severe pain and other problems when subjected to:
- Injuries – A violent impact to the spine can dislodge the discs from their normal position within the spinal column and even damage the discs’ outer casing, allowing the inner portion to protrude. These herniated discs can put pressure on major nerve roots, disrupting nerve signals and causing referred pain, numbness or loss of motor control to other parts of the body.
- Degenerative diseases– The spine can show signs of degeneration after years of wear and tear. Discs that lose their hydration can flatten and bulge, causing both nerve compression and joint strain. The bulging discs may herniated, while the strained joints can eventually develop painful osteoarthritis.
How Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Works
Traditional methods to decompress the spinal column involve surgery to remove bits of discs or fuse vertebrae — major procedures that involve risk, painkillers and lengthy recuperation. By contrast, our spinal decompression is safe, non-invasive, drug-free and requires no downtime. Spinal decompression therapy uses a special motorized table to place the spine under flexion distraction. Tiny degrees of this outward-pulling force create a vacuum that pulls herniated/bulging discs away from nerve roots to relieve your pain, tingling and other neurological symptoms. The vacuum pressure also causes flattened-out discs to become infused with water. This allows them to regain height and take the stress off of neighboring vertebral joints. The combination of repositioning and infusion with healing nutrients even helps herniated discs repair themselves.