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The Science Behind Spinal Decompression

The Science Behind Spinal Decompression

September 18, 2022

When back pain won’t go away, you find many areas of your life disrupted. Pain, stiffness and other symptoms can make being active a challenge, and you may be unable to think of anything else except relieving the discomfort. If you’ve struggled to find a solution to your pain, talk to our team at Integrated Health Solutions about spinal decompression therapy. This non-surgical treatment allows the spinal column to heal, reducing your symptoms and improving your quality of life. Here’s the science behind spinal decompression and what makes it so effective.

What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression relieves pain by stretching out the spine. This treatment is a kind of motorized traction that can improve the spine’s position and force. As a result, the spinal discs that cushion your bones are placed under less pressure, allowing herniated or bulging discs to retract. Spinal decompression also helps promote the circulation of water and nutrients to the discs to encourage healing. 

Doctors most often recommend spinal decompression therapy if a patient has one or more of the following conditions: 

  • Back or neck pain, which is often accompanied by weakness or tingling
  • Sciatica, a condition caused when the median nerve is compressed
  • Bulging discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Posterior facet syndrome, when the spinal joints are worn down
  • Injured spinal nerve roots

Many patients find more relief from spinal decompression than through NSAIDs and lifestyle adjustments alone. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression therapy can significantly enhance a person’s well-being and allow them to manage their symptoms. 

What Does the Process Involve?

Integrated Health Solutions does everything we can to ensure your comfort during the procedure. You remain fully clothed, and it’s best to wear comfortable, loose clothing. We will fit you with a harness that goes around your pelvis and another for your trunk. We will lay you down on a special table that is computer-controlled. Our health experts will operate the computer to move the table at various angles to allow the spine to stretch. This treatment is highly customizable, which lets us address your individual health concerns.

Treatment usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes, and they are generally done several times a week over the course of about 5 to 7 weeks. We can also pair spinal decompression therapy with chiropractic adjustments to boost the healing process.   

Benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy

During a private wellness consultation, we’ll help you determine whether spinal decompression therapy is a suitable treatment for your symptoms. If so, you’ll be pleased to know about the many benefits this treatment provides: 

  • Lasting Pain Relief. Many people with back pain become frustrated as they try many treatments to no avail. Spinal decompression directly targets the source of pain itself, which provides long-term results. 
  • Promotes Healing. The pressure on spinal discs can worsen a herniated disc. Decompression draws oxygen and healing fluids towards the spine, which encourages the healing of tissues. 
  • Reduces Pressure on Spinal Nerves. Pinched spinal nerves are a major cause of back pain. Spinal decompression reduces this pressure, which then allows the nerves to heal. 

Contact Us for An Appointment

Integrated Health Solutions provides spinal decompression therapy and other services to improve our patients’ well-being. Contact us now to learn how we can treat your back pain. 

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