Are you considering back surgery? Before you decide to undergo a major procedure to relieve your back pain, you may want to consider a less invasive option, such as spinal decompression. While surgery can have some negative side effects, like increased chances for infection or nerve damage, and requires long recovery periods, spinal decompression offers a safe and non-invasive alternative.
Even if you are not to the point where surgery is an option but experience pain in your neck and back that keeps you from doing the things you want to, spinal decompression can help alleviate many issues from mild to severe by addressing the root cause of the problem.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
By gently stretching the spine, spinal decompression therapy relieves the pressure on the discs and nerves, allowing damaged discs to realign properly so they can heal. The procedure utilizes a motorized table where you lay flat as the table moves gently, stretching your vertebrae. This subtle movement encourages the discs in your spine to return to their normal position. When everything is aligned properly, the pressure that is placed on the nerves is relieved, alleviating back pain and neurological symptoms.
Benefits of Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression is a safe alternative for those considering surgery due to radiating pain, tingling, numbness, and loss of sensation due to bulging or herniated discs. For those who have been diagnosed with conditions such as sciatica, spondylolisthesis, or spinal stenosis, decompression therapy may be recommended for its many benefits, which include:
- Non-invasive treatment – no injections or surgical procedures are required.
- Minimal to no side effects – no medications are required that may lead to side effects. Some soreness may occur afterward, but most patients do not report any negative effects following the procedure.
- Effective and long-lasting results – because the treatment promotes the body’s natural ability to heal, your recovery time is shortened, and the results last longer by treating the source of the pain.
- Decreased neurological symptoms – conditions like pinched nerves can cause neurological symptoms such as pain and tingling throughout your legs and arms. By moving the discs back into place, pressure on the nerves is relieved.
- Shortened recovery time – due to the non-invasive treatment, there is little to no recovery time required. Once the spine is realigned, the natural healing process begins. Most patients begin to feel results shortly following the procedure.
Spinal decompression therapy can help those with back pain and can also be used as a preventative treatment to avoid potential problems affecting the spine and discs. Consult your physician to find out if this treatment is right for you.