Lower back pain can be debilitating and affect your quality of life. While there are many treatment options available, one approach that has gained popularity in recent years is spinal decompression.
What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment that aims to relieve pressure on the spinal discs and nerves in the lower back. This is achieved using a traction table or machine, which gently stretches and decompresses the spine.
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
During spinal decompression, the patient lies on a traction table or machine, which uses a gentle pulling force to stretch the spine. This stretching force creates negative pressure within the spinal discs, which can help to relieve pressure on the nerves and reduce inflammation in the affected area.
The treatment is typically delivered over a series of sessions, with each session lasting around 30-45 minutes.
Benefits of Spinal Decompression for Lower Back Pain
Spinal decompression can offer a range of benefits for people suffering from lower back pain. These include:
- Reduced pain: Spinal decompression can help to relieve pressure on the nerves in the lower back, which can reduce pain and discomfort.
- Improved mobility: By reducing inflammation and pressure on the spinal discs, spinal decompression can help to improve mobility and range of motion in the affected area.
- Non-invasive: Spinal decompression is a non-invasive treatment that does not involve surgery or medication.
- Low risk of complications: Spinal decompression is generally considered safe, with few reported complications.
Conditions Treated with Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression can be used to treat a range of conditions that cause lower back pain, including:
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet syndrome
- Failed back surgery syndrome
Who Can Benefit From Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression can be a good option for people who have not responded well to other forms of treatment, such as physical therapy or medication. It may also be appropriate for people who are not candidates for surgery due to health reasons or personal preferences.
What to Expect
During spinal decompression treatment, the patient lies on a traction table or machine and is secured with straps or a harness. The machine then applies a gentle pulling force to the spine, which is gradually increased over the course of the session. The patient may feel a stretching or pulling sensation in the lower back, but the treatment should not be painful.
Spinal decompression is typically delivered over a series of sessions, with each session lasting around 30-45 minutes. The number of sessions required will depend on the severity of the condition and the individual needs of the patient.
If you are considering spinal decompression, contact KB Chiropractic at (518) 380-2432 to determine if it’s the right option for you.