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Spinal Decompression- How It Works

Back pain can overshadow other areas of your life, complicating things to where daily activities become cumbersome. Many treatment options can include various medications or invasive surgeries that most would prefer to avoid, if possible.

Spinal decompression is a non-invasive, non-surgical form of chiropractic treatment that successfully relieves the pain of the back, neck, and more. It releases tension in the spine by alleviating pressure. Our doctors perform this treatment as it comes with a variety of benefits beyond just pain relief, such as increased circulation and kickstarting the body’s natural healing processes.

Spinal Decompression How It Works3 Catskill NySpinal decompression therapy works by a device called a traction table. The patient lays on the traction table, and their spine is smoothly and steadily readjusted via gentle stretches. These stretches release built-up pressure on discs between the vertebrae, resulting in increased circulation of various nutrients, decreased pressure in spinal discs, and reduced compression of nearby nerves. This procedure accelerates the body’s natural healing process and is used to treat bulging/herniated discs, back, neck, and shoulder pain, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, and more.

Spinal decompression therapy could be administered in place of surgery or medications. Our doctors will not only diagnose you but will also make sure if spinal decompression therapy is the right fit for you. They will analyze the symptoms you are experiencing and develop a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs.

For example, spinal decompression is a viable option for all ages to recover from the pain caused by injury, car accident, or chronic condition. However, there are a few stipulations that could complicate your candidacy for spinal decompression, such as tumors, metal plates in the spine, fractures, and advanced osteoporosis.

Spinal Decompression How It Works2 Chathum NySpinal decompression uses a motorized traction table to adjust the patient’s spine steadily. The procedure can be used to treat a variety of chronic conditions, and in particular, it acts to relieve pain in a non-invasive manner. The lower half of the motorized traction table slowly moves back and forth to stretch out the spine. The upper half (where the patient’s head would rest) remains still.

For example, to relieve lower back pain, a harness is attached to the patient—from the bottom of the table to the patient’s hips. The lower portion of the table then moves back and forth, decompressing the spine and alleviating pressure. This is done at a pace the patient is comfortable with, adjusting the spine at an acceptable speed that is both effective and not unbearably painful. Minor discomfort can be expected, but it should not be a painful experience.

This entire procedure spreads the vertebrae apart and allows the body to naturally heal the space between. This release of pressure also positively affects nearby nerves by releasing compression and relieving any spinal-nerve irritations.

Our office can diagnose your condition and work with you on developing a personalized treatment plan. Our goal is to return our patients back to their lives before pain. If you are interested in learning more about spinal decompression, don’t hesitate – contact our office today!

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