Understanding How Spinal Decompression Works

Spinal decompression is an effective way to address the underlying causes of neck and back pain that results from damaged discs.

At DMC Healthcare, our experienced chiropractor, Bryan Weddle, DC, offers spinal decompression therapy in-office to provide you with rapid relief of neck pain and back pain. Dr. Weddle and our team also promote long-term pain relief with other chiropractic techniques that protect the health and function of your spine.

What to expect from spinal decompression

Spinal decompression therapy focuses on relieving the pressure off the discs in your spine. These protective discs sit between each of your vertebrae and absorb the shocks of your movements.

However, due to injuries and age-related degeneration, your spinal discs can wear down or rupture and no longer provide you with the cushioning protection they once did. Without the discs, your vertebra can rub together, creating friction, inflammation, and pain.

During spinal decompression therapy, Dr. Weddle uses gentle stretches to release each vertebra in your spine – from the base of your skull to the sacrum in your lower spine. He uses a motorized table to assist with the stretching of your spine.

How stretching heals spinal discs

The stretches involved in spinal decompression therapy create a vacuum force inside of the discs, reshaping and rehydrating them, so they can once again protect your spine.

Therapy can also pull the center of a herniated disc back into place and increase the flow of blood and nutrients into the damaged disc, so it heals more efficiently.

Spinal decompression also takes the pressure of the damaged discs off of your nerves and spinal column to reduce your risk for recurrent headaches and the pain, tingling, and numbness of sciatica.

Who can benefit from spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is an effective, noninvasive treatment that can help people limited by chronic back pain and neck pain due to damaged or herniated discs.

You might benefit from spinal decompression if you want solutions for long-term relief of pain but aren’t ready for surgery. This therapy can also reduce your reliance on pain medications and the need for emergency room visits.

Dr. Weddle and our team can determine if spinal decompression is right for you by reviewing your medical history and confirming the root cause of your pain.

The long-term benefits of spinal decompression and chiropractic care

The goals of spinal decompression are to relieve existing pain of damaged discs and prevent the need for more invasive treatments like surgery.

When we combine spinal decompression therapy with other chiropractic techniques, we focus on aligning your entire spine. This not only promotes an increase in the flexibility and function of your spine, but also an improvement in your blood circulation to keep your spine healthy.

Ongoing chiropractic care can also minimize your risk for recurrent pain from additional spine injuries. Dr. Weddle customizes your treatment plan to your unique needs and can recommend other therapies in addition to spinal decompression therapy and manual manipulations.

If you’re looking for nonsurgical solutions to ease neck and back pain caused by herniated discs, schedule a diagnostic evaluation online or by calling DMC Healthcare today. 

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