What is spinal decompression?
Spinal Decompression works by carefully stretching the spine to decrease the pressure within the disc. The spinal discs are made up of ligaments and a gel nucleus that act as cushions between the bones of the spine.
The discs can become damaged a number of ways. Acute in injuries, (sudden loading or twisting motions) can cause a disc to bulge the nucleus to the outer portion of the disc. Chronic conditions, such as lack of movement or improper loading of the spine can cause arthritic changes to the spine as well as decrease the discs ability to imbibe, (absorb) fluids into the disc, which can cause the disc to lose it’s height and weaken in structure.
When the discs become weak, they do not support the spine and cause stress on the surrounding tissues. As disc becomes thinner due to loss of fluid, it will decrease the space to which the nerve passes through from between the spinal bones. This can lead to pinching or pressure on the small, delicate nerves of the spine.
Spinal Decompression is a non-surgical treatment to help take pressure of the disc to allow for better alignment and healing of tissues. This creates an environment in which the disc can receive more nutrients and therefore heal itself more quickly and effectively. Spinal decompression combined with other treatments, (chiropractic, and exercises) can be effective in getting relief for bulging discs, radiating neck and lower back pain, sciatic leg pain, decreased neck and lower back range of motion and weakness in the arms or legs.
Combined with Chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression treatment can be effective in the treatment of neck and lower back complaints.