Spinal Decompression Therapy is a painless and completely non-invasive procedure that has helped thousands of patients become pain-free, and has been shown to be remarkably effective where surgery and other treatments have provided no relief. It is one of the leading long-term treatment options for addressing back and neck problems.
Spinal Decompression Therapy uses gentle traction to relieve pressure on the vertebrae, the bones that make up the spine. Often, a person’s back or neck pain is due to an abnormal condition of one or more of the discs that act as a cushion or shock absorber between the vertebrae. When these discs bulge, are herniated, or simply wear out, the disc can press or pinch sensitive spinal nerves, which can cause severe pain. Even the wear and tear of daily life and the effects of gravity can cause the spine to compress and deteriorate. This condition, called herniated nucleus pulposus, is often referred to as “slipped disc” or “blown disc.”
In addition to causing significant pain and discomfort, this condition also frequently results in a restriction of the incoming flow of nutrients that the spine needs to heal itself, as well as to fight brittleness and avoid future injuries.
At LiveWell Chiropractic and Wellness Center, Dr. Ridley uses a computerized decompression table to create a healthy negative pressure in the spinal column, allowing the spine to return to its proper position. As the table slowly moves it applies a gentle distraction, or stretching, force to the targeted area of the spine. The computer controls the distraction force which is applied in between periods of relaxation.
This treatment gently pulls the vertebrae away from each other, elongating the spine and creating a small vacuum between the vertebrae which pulls the disc back into proper shape or alignment. The procedure is so relaxing that patients often fall asleep during the session.
Conditions that can be effectively treated with Spinal Decompression Therapy include:
- Back, leg, arm, and neck pain
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Tingling or numbness
- Spinal stenosis
Spinal Decompression Therapy normally takes place over a period of four to six weeks. Many patients enjoy dramatic positive results after even a short time. During the time period of therapy, patients are encouraged to drink plenty of water to help rehydrate the spinal discs and speed the healing process.
Are you limited in daily activities you once enjoyed pain-free? Have you had repeated injections or epidurals without relief? Have you missed work or are you out of work due to pain? Are you considering surgery and are questioning whether it’s the right option?
Talk with Dr. Ridley if you or your loved one has been struggling with these debilitating conditions, and find out if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy at LiveWell Chiropractic and Wellness Center.