We treat patients with a variety of ailments. One of the most common injuries we deal with is back pain in all areas. Some patients struggle with reoccurring back pain while others deal with it on a daily basis. When we see patients with lower-back, mid-back, and upper-back pain, we highly recommend decompression therapy. Decompression therapy is designed to reduce pain and release pressure in the nerves and discs in the back.
Understanding Decompression Therapy
Decompression therapy is referred to as “spinal decompression therapy”, which is a non-surgical process that helps to alleviate the pressure on the nerves and spinal. Using gentle motorized modalities we are able to stretch and move the spine back into its correct position, which helps to relieve pain, but also gives your entire body improvement in different areas as your posture improves. When the spine is compressed blood flow is restricted. This therapy can decompress the spine enough to allow more blood flow and induce healing of the inflammation. The therapy can also assist with healing of disc problems present such as herniated discs, slipped discs, and degenerating discs. Once decompressed, the spine is able the flow of oxygen and nutrients in increased and are sent to the injured discs to heal them. The treatment is designed to prevent surgery and has been successful in our Salt Lake Physical Medicine office for hundreds of patients.
Injuries Decompression Therapy Can Help With
The most common injuries that decompression therapy help with is injuries involving the discs in the back and neck, and those who have reoccurring pinched nerves. Some patients are prone to pinched nerves and decompression can help realign their spine and reduce the occurrences and severity of pinched nerves. We’ve also seen some patients with very severe pinched nerves that are too sensitive to chiropractic and message therapy. Decompression can be beneficial for those in this situation because it doesn’t have any direct contact with the injury. This type of therapy has also been shown to help those with sciatica pain.
Good and Bad Candidates For Decompression Therapy
Good candidates for spinal decompression therapy are patients suffering from acute or chronic back and/or neck pain who are seeking a non-surgical approach to treatment for their injury. Patients suffering from disc issues, worn spinal joints, injured spinal roots, arthritis, pinched nerves will benefit from the treatment. Example of patients who would not be good candidates for these therapy are pregnant women, and patients with fractures, tumors, osteoporosis or metal implants anywhere in the spine. This therapy is also not usually recommended to those who are obese or have severe nerve damage. Risks may be high with these types of candidates. Talk to a Life Health Medical doctor to see if this therapy is right for you or not.
How Decompression Therapy Works
Spinal modality treatments are only performed by our licensed and experienced chiropractors. The treatment is safe and effective. When you visit our office for spinal manipulation treatment, we begin with a gentle stretching using a traction table that will take place over the course of 10-12 weeks.
During the decompression process, a small vacuum effect is created inside the spinal discs, and the pressure that would typically be on the nerves is removed. The process will aid in relieving pinched nerves, and will improve organ function. The overall spinal decompression process will help to restore your body back to its natural state, allowing you to feel better and move without pain.