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Can Spinal Decompression Help With Back Pain?

Back pain is a leading cause of missed workdays and reduced productivity. Persistent back pain can make even simple tasks seem impossible. Doing household chores or going to work can cause extreme pain.

Many people deal with back pain at some point in their lives. That said, it should not be something you have to accept or tolerate in your life. You can take steps to control and get rid of back pain to get back to the activities and lifestyle you enjoy.

You can choose between nonsurgical and surgical spinal decompression for persistent back pain. It makes sense to try the nonsurgical option first. Invasive procedures often need significant downtime and can lead to complications.



Spinal Decompression for Back Pain

 


Chronic back pain can be very frustrating. Spinal decompression describes therapies designed to address chronic neck and back pain. It can also help treat worked-out spinal joints, injured spinal nerve roots, and sciatica.

Spinal decompression therapy involves stretching the spine to separate spinal discs slightly. It increases blood flow to pinched nerves, damaged discs, and other spinal areas. Improving nutrient-rich blood flow to these areas helps the body heal itself.



How Spinal Decompression Helps With Back Pain

 


Before you choose back surgery, it would help to consider spinal decompression therapy. The treatment involves several sessions with a chiropractor. A chiropractor uses noninvasive techniques to decompress the spine and improve mobility. The chiropractor will adjust your treatment based on your specific needs. The treatment can help in the following ways:



Relieve Nerve Pressure

 


Misaligned spinal discs can compress nerves. That can lead to sharp, shooting pain that extends from the back to the thighs, hips, legs, and feet. Other symptoms you may experience include burning, numbness, and tingling sensations. Decompression moves the bulging or herniated discs away from the nerves. That helps decrease or remove these issues.

The decompression machine gently moves your spine to its correct position as you lie on a table. That will remove the pressure pushing your spinal discs out of place, preventing them from pressing against nearby spinal nerves. Reducing the stress in your spinal discs will help reduce inflammation and pain in your body.



Helps Prevent Spinal Surgery

 


Spinal decompression therapy can help postpone or prevent spinal surgery. Some patients experience pain relief after one treatment. Ongoing therapy may be necessary for optimal benefits.



Helps the Spine Heal From Chronic Pain

 


Instead of tackling the symptoms, spinal decompression addresses the cause of the pain. It helps the body heal itself without invasive procedures or medications. When bulging discs retract, it is easier for the body to distribute oxygen and nutrients. These nutrients help the body repair damaged muscles and nerves by reducing inflammation and swelling.



Treats Different Conditions

 


Spinal decompression therapy can help treat several conditions that cause back pain. These include:
 

  • Posterior facet syndrome

  • Sciatica

  • Infected or injured nerves in the spine

  • Bulging or herniated discs

  • Spinal stenosis


Spinal decompression therapy generally does not cause discomfort or pain. Sessions last about 45 minutes. Most people experience pain relief after just one session.

For more on spinal decompression, visit Greater Nashville Health Institute at our office in Gallatin, Tennessee. Call (615) 583-4006 to book an appointment today.

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