If you are one of the 80% of American’s who suffer from chronic low back pain, especially if that pain is caused by herniated discs, you might have tried everything possible to find pain relief, including exercises, massage, heat packs, perhaps even epidurals, but found pain relief to be temporary at best. Have you considered having spinal decompression at your chiropractor’s office? Many people believe that spinal decompression means surgery, but this isn’t the complete story. Find out if decompression may be the best treatment for your pain by booking an appointment with Dr. Casey Walker and the team at R2 Wellness Centers in Lowell, Indiana. Call or click today.
Spinal decompression therapy has the primary goal of reducing or eliminating pain that’s associated with compression on the spine. The spine is comprised of 24 vertebrae, which are small bones that are stacked to create the spinal column. Between each of these vertebrae is a disc, which is formed from tissue and provides a cushioning effect when you move. When a person experiences a compression-related problem on the spine, it can cause serious and prolonged pain in the back.
In most cases, the focus of spinal decompression will be to relieve pressure on the spinal discs, which in turn can reduce pressure on the nerves in the lower spine – a common cause of back pain, stiffness, and even cognitive problems. By achieving a reduction in pressure, pain in the back can be reduced, circulation enhanced, and function of the spine restored, improving quality of life.
Depending on the decision to pursue surgical or non-surgical spinal decompression, the procedure for decompression will vary greatly. For non-surgical treatment, relief from back pain is generally achieved using a spinal decompression system, and the treatment can be performed by a trained chiropractor.
Spinal decompression systems use motorized traction tables to reduce pressure on the spine by stretching and releasing the spine and separating the joints and bones in the back, as well as the discs. The capabilities of spinal traction include the ability to change the position of the disc material and retract it, reducing pain and promoting healing in the process. The computerized system gives the chiropractor the ability to make careful adjustments to traction angle and force, to achieve negative pressure.
Spinal Decompression delivers specific traction to the compressed disc to allow nutrients, blood flow, and bulged material to return into the compressed disc. The traction is done by a computerized unit that gently distracts the spine apart and allows it to rest every minute throughout the session. Each session is usually less than 30 minutes and most patients report simply feeling a slight gentle stretching at their low back or neck. Spinal
Decompression therapy is a comfort-based procedure that allows relief and relaxation. To find out if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression contact R2 Wellness Centers at 219-208-6895 or schedule your evaluation online today.