How Does Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Work?
Non-surgical spinal decompression is a non-invasive alternative to surgical spinal decompression. Spinal decompression is a serious procedure with a lengthy recovery period that is better off avoided if possible. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a gradual process that lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressure within spinal discs. Back pain, neck pain, sciatica, and more all respond well to non-surgical spinal decompression. At Corrective Chiropractic, we have years of experience performing this technique for the benefit of our patients in Komoka, London, and the surrounding areas.
Your body has 23 spinal discs located between each of your bony vertebrae. Spinal discs are composed of an outer portion of tough collagen fibers which surround and seal a gelatinous inner core of loosely connected fibers suspended in a mucoprotein gel. Discs serve three purposes. They:
- Cushion the vertebrae and absorb the shocks that come with walking, riding, climbing, etc.
- Hold the vertebrae in line
- Allow slight mobility in the spine
When healthy and intact, each disc resembles two concentric cylinders with the outer portion and the inner core nestling together. When injured or degenerated, the inflammatory proteins of the inner core seep out into the spaces between the vertebrae. This is known as bulging or herniated discs, and can lead result in:
- Spinal nerve irritation
- Neck or back pain
- Numbness or weakness in the arms, hands, or feet
- Loss of sensation in the feet
- Burning pains shooting down the legs from the buttocks
Since spinal discs have no blood supply, they are unable to repair themselves and the resulting pain can last for years.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression can relieve all of these symptoms by gently stretching the spine to change the position of the vertebrae. Not only does this take pressure off the bulging disc, but it also allows for bulging discs to retract, creating space for oxygen, water, and nutrient-dense fluids to flow in and begin the healing process. Our chiropractor may also recommend the following treatments to enhance the benefits of spinal decompression therapy:
- Massage therapy
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Electrical stimulation
- Heat therapy
- Cold therapy
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID)
Recommended treatments will vary depending on the cause and severity of your spinal problems.
Chiropractic Care in Komoka and London
If you believe you would benefit from non-surgical spinal decompression, the wellness professionals at corrective chiropractic are ready to assist you. Our chiropractor will evaluate your musculoskeletal system to determine whether or not this treatment option is right for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor, call us at (519) 474-6808.