If you suffer from persistent back, neck or leg pain, decompression therapy may help you find relief. Also known as spinal decompression, the nonsurgical treatment involves gently and slowly stretching the spine, which alleviates pressure on the spinal discs and promotes the healing process.
Decompression therapy is a safe, effective chiropractic treatment – but can it work to relieve your pain? You’ll need to consult with an experienced local chiropractor to answer that question, but the following guide will give you a general understanding of whether spinal decompression may be right for you.
Who Can Benefit from Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression is often recommended as a treatment for patients suffering from pain in the lower back, neck pain or leg pain. This type of therapy may be appropriate if you have any of the following conditions:
- Herniated discs
- Bulging discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint syndrome
- Sciatica pain in the leg
- Damaged spinal nerve roots
Spinal Decompression Sessions
Spinal decompression involves the use of a traction table or similar motorized device to stretch the spine.
During a treatment session, patients remain clothed and lie down on the table. A harness, which is attached to the table at the feet, is placed around the hips. A chiropractor controls the movement of the table in order to provide gentle, intermittent stretching in the spine.
Treatment Through Decompression Therapy
If your chiropractor recommends spinal decompression, you don’t have to worry about the treatment being painful – you shouldn’t feel pain during or after the procedure.
You can expect to undergo a series of 15 to 30 treatment sessions over the course of a four- to six-week period. Each session will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes, and your chiropractor may also employ other treatment modalities, such as ultrasound, cold or heat therapy and ultrasound, either during or after a spinal decompression session.
In addition, your chiropractor may advise you to take additional steps at home to encourage healing. The recommendations may include taking nutritional supplements, getting plenty of rest, drinking up to a half-gallon of water every day and performing strength and mobility exercises.
Is Decompression Therapy Right for You?
Spinal decompression may be an effective treatment approach if you suffer from back pain, neck pain or leg pain. However, not everyone is a candidate for the procedure. If you have any of the following conditions, your chiropractor will likely advise against this type of therapy:
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal tumor
- Spinal infection
- Ankylosing spondylitis
Also, you are not a good candidate if you have undergone spinal fusion or a failed back surgery, or if you have an artificial disc or implant. And, decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients with cancer and anyone who takes blood thinners.
Do you suffer from persistent back pain, neck pain or leg pain? If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area and want to learn if you can benefit from spinal decompression, schedule a consultation with Foundation Chiropractic.
Our experienced chiropractors offer a range of proven therapies and techniques to relieve pain and restore function. Contact Foundation Chiropractic in Orem, Utah, and make an appointment to discuss decompression therapy today.