How Spinal Decompression Works to Treat Back and Neck Pain

Spinal Decompression

Waking up with a stiff neck every day or a pain in your lower back could be signs of a herniated disc or another chronic spinal condition. When your day often begins and ends with back pain, spinal surgery may seem like a good idea, but you may not want to take that risk until you’ve exhausted nonsurgical therapies.

At DMC Healthcare in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Bryan Weddle offers an alternative, noninvasive treatment for chronic back pain with spinal decompression therapy. This treatment can help you get long-term relief without enduring a painful, risky, surgical procedure. Take a minute to learn how spinal decompression works to treat back and neck pain so you can begin and end your days without pain.

Relieving herniated disc pain

If you’ve had chiropractic adjustments, you know how essential they are to keeping your spine and its vertebrae in proper alignment. Spinal decompression therapy also helps keep your spine in alignment, it and opens up space between vertebrae to relieve pressure on herniated discs.

When discs — the soft material between each vertebra — herniate, or bulge, they can put pressure on nerves in your back and neck and cause pain. Herniated discs are a common age-related condition, or they may be the result of trauma, such as a car accident or sports injury. Chiropractic adjustments help alleviate the stress a herniated disc puts on a nerve, but for many people, spinal decompression provides even more pain relief.

How spinal decompression therapy works

Spinal decompression gently stretches your spine from the top of your neck all the way down to your lower back. This nonsurgical traction therapy gently stretches and relaxes your spine in a controlled manner. Spinal decompression tables are motorized, and Dr. Weddle controls the tension and range of motion to benefit your specific condition at a comfort level that works for you.

During your appointment, you lie on the motorized table with a harness around your hips. The upper portion of the table remains stable, but the lower section slides, providing intermittent traction and relaxation for your spine. This gentle stretching and relaxing motion shouldn’t feel painful at all, and some people even note that it feels good to stretch their spine in this way.

What it does for neck and back pain and bulging discs

Depending on your condition, and as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, Dr. Weddle typically recommends a series of spinal decompression appointments. Each one stretches your spine and creates space between your vertebrae. This does several things for your spine, including:

As pressure lowers within the discs, and negative pressure is created, it allows nutrients and hydration to circulate inside the disc, helping it to return to its original healthy position within your spine. As each disc heals, it takes the pressure off your nerves. Over time, you feel less pain.

Essentially, nonsurgical spinal decompression treatments can help repair herniated discs to relieve compressed nerve conditions including:

This natural therapy can help your spine recover from injury and degenerative conditions so you no longer have to endure daily pain.

If you have any of these conditions, you may be an ideal candidate for spinal decompression treatments. Take action with natural, chiropractic solutions so you don’t have to wake up to another day in pain. Call our office or click the button to request a convenient appointment time.

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