Spinal Decompression Q & A
What is spinal decompression?
Spinal decompression is used to relieve pressure that has built up on the intervertebral discs in the back and neck. The procedure involves a gentle stretch to release every single vertebra in the spine from the sacrum to the base of the skull. Spinal decompression also helps to reshape and rehydrate damaged, herniated, degenerative, and bulging discs. It also works to relieve the pinched nerves and the resulting back pain and neck pain.
What are treatments like?
At Strauss Chiropractic, you are fitted with a specialized decompression harnesses and placed on a table in a relaxed position. The specialized split design of the table decreases friction and allows separation of the spinal bones, minimizing the effect of gravity. The advanced computer system will be programmed with the proper amount of distraction and angled to the discs causing pain. The distraction force will be increased gently to avoid any muscle guarding and spasm. Reshaping the discs in such a way will take the pressure off any pinched nerves and relieves back and neck pain while disc can heal. Sciatica, neck pain, back pain, spinal injury and even headaches that stem from nerves pinched by degenerative, bulging or herniated discs can all be treated effectively with spinal decompression.
How long are treatments?
Patients will usually have fifteen to twenty treatment sessions at about twenty to forty minutes each. This will depend on each patient’s individual case and is determined by a thorough evaluation. After each session, a cold pack, cold laser acu-therapy, or electric muscle stimulation is applied to help with pain relief and increase the healing process. Most patients report substantial, immediate pain relief after just a few treatments.