Certain times of the year are particularly difficult for people who suffer from chronic back, neck pain, or a “compressed feeling.” The holidays are almost tailor-made for overeating and extensive movement (including lugging presents around everywhere). All of the hustle and bustle is great for the family, but it can be hard for people with back problems, or those that suffer from pain-inducing problems, such as chronic inflammation, disc disease, diabetes, obesity, and osteoarthritis. Spinal Decompression Therapy can help.
The Basics of Spinal Decompression Therapy
Picture feeling tightness in your back—as if the world were pushing you down into the floor (or your chair). Imagine, while you have that feeling, what your spine is going through. Imagine each vertebra slowly creeping closer to the others, irritating the nerves and causing pain throughout your back and legs. That is where computerized spinal decompression therapy comes in. The idea behind this type of therapy is to undo the pressure and damage to your spine that accumulates over time because of gravity and other types of compression on your body. Chronic back and neck pain associated with age, obesity, and many of other factors is most effectively treated non-surgically with Spinal decompression therapy.
In decompression treatment, you lie comfortably on a traction table (or similar device) that stretches the spine slowly. This relieves pressure on the spine and helps promote repositioning of misaligned discs (including degenerated and herniated discs). This has a twofold benefit: The first is that it helps to relieve pain in the neck, lower back, and legs resulting from a buildup of pressure on your nerves from the compression. The second benefit is that nutrients and blood flow to the discs and surrounding tissues are increased dramatically, allowing natural healing to take place.
The effectiveness of this therapy is well known. In elderly patients, for instance, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons found that 88 percent of patients receiving treatment of this type had dramatically improved symptoms. Other studies have found a 50 to 75 percent efficacy in the treatment of lower back pain in patients.
Chiropractic Care for Spinal Compression
A well-trained chiropractic physician is essential to receiving the best impact from decompression therapy. The process itself usually takes somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes and can require between 20 and 30 total treatments. The treatments take place over a 20 to 30 week period and are typically combined with other noninvasive treatments such as:
- neuromuscular electrical stimulation,
- therapeutic massage, l
- ow-level laser therapy,
- and/or acupuncture.
Dr. Michael Newman has more than 35 years’ experience eliminating and alleviating back pain and spinal compression issues. He and his staff can treat you through a holistic, natural approach that decreases pain and the likelihood of surgery. Using a unique physio-therapeutic device, Dr. Michael Newman and his compassionate, professional staff will ensure you are comfortable. We aim to keep you relaxed during your spinal decompression therapy so you can live pain-free. Ensure you’re at peak performance in the coming New Year. Don’t wait until the holidays have bent you out of shape — call Dr. Michael Newman today to schedule your appointment.