When you have back pain, you might think you need to reach for the bottle of acetaminophen you have in your cupboard, but that isn't the case. A chiropractor like one at Arizona Chiropractic & Holistic Health Center, serving Scottsdale, Arizona and the surrounding area, can help. Using a technique known as spinal decompression, you can let the disc in your back heal naturally.
What Is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression provided by a chiropractor is a nonsurgical way for the discs in between the vertebrae to heal. The treatment works by stretching the spine with a gentle pulling sensation. By gently stretching the spine, it takes pressure off of the discs that cushion the vertebrae. When you stretch the discs, it takes pressure off of the soft tissue and nerves surrounding the spine. It allows vital nutrients to reach the discs, so they have all the nutrients necessary for the healing process.
What You Can Expect During Spinal Decompression
During spinal decompression therapy, you have to lay down on a table, where you're connected to a series of pulleys and other rigging that connects to your body. The motor on the machine helps it to gently pull on your spine to take pressure off of the nerves and tissues around your spine. You can expect the treatment to last between 30 to 45 minutes. You may, however, need 20 to 28 treatments given over the course of five to seven weeks.
Conditions Spinal Decompression Treats
Spinal decompression can treat general back or neck pain. It's even beneficial if you got into a car accident or suffered from a work or sports-related injury. It even helps those with sciatica, which is a specific issue that affects the sciatic nerve and the region surrounding it.
If you have a bulging disc, spinal decompression can relieve pressure on the disc, so it's able to heal. A bulging disc occurs when the outer portion of a disc weakens, and the contents in the inside push outward, so the disc swells. If the contents should seep out of the disc, it becomes a herniated disc. Spinal decompression is also beneficial if you have a herniated disc.
Another condition spinal decompression treats is degenerative disc disease, a condition that occurs as a result of changes to the spine as you age.
It's also possible spinal decompression will treat worn spinal joints or injured or diseased nerve roots.
Benefits of Decompression Therapy
Decompression therapy is a natural treatment that isn't known to cause many side effects. It's an alternative method for treating a herniated disc, instead of surgery or just taking pain relievers to reduce the amount of pain and discomfort you have. Decompression therapy also targets the source of your pain and promotes healing by encouraging blood to flow throughout the area, so it heals more effectively.
Schedule an appointment for decompression therapy for back pain relief by contacting Arizona Chiropractic & Holistic Health Center, serving Scottsdale, Arizona and the surrounding area, by calling 480-585-5577.
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