The Benefits And Technique Of Spinal Decompression

Dr. Kristy Wood, D.C.

Have you been suffering with chronic neck or back pain? Is this pain severe enough to disrupt your everyday life? Back pain can make standing up in the morning hurtful, getting to sleep at night can be uncomfortable, and simple chores such as loading and unloading groceries can be painful.

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Like thousands of people looking for a solution for chronic back and neck pain, you probably have hunted for any technique that cures your condition. A lot of individuals have turned to surgical procedures to eliminate their pain which may include:

  • Diskectomy: involves removal of a disc portion for relieving nerve pressure.
  • Laminectomy or Laminotomy: A small portion of the bone is removed by the surgeon to increase spinal canal size and relieve pressure.
  • Foraminectomy or Foraminotomy: Bone and other tissues are removed by the surgeon to enlarge the nerve root openings.
  • Osteophyte Removal: Removal of bony growths during the surgery.
  • Corpectomy: A vertebral body with the associated discs are removed.

However, spinal decompression is safe, cost-effective, alternative, and is a noninvasive method.

What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is a mechanical, noninvasive technique performed for relieving back or neck aches. During this procedure, the spine is gently stretched to reduce the pressure on the discs. When the pressure is relieved, the bulging and herniated discs retract into place, alleviating the pressure off of the spinal nerves and thus, the pain a patient feels.

As the spine decompresses, the oxygen, water, and other fluid levels can take their space back inside the discs. This allows natural healing of the discs. Decompression of the spine is a remarkable way to alleviate chronic back pain, enabling a patient to live a pain-free life.

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So, what are all the benefits of spinal decompression? Read on to learn more.

Benefits of Spinal Decompression

1. Noninvasive Procedure

Spinal decompression may help reduce severe chronic pain without having the patient undergo costly and invasive surgical procedures. It is a walk-in procedure that is performed in the office, allowing for a reduction in pain the same day. Avoid the risks of surgical procedure which may include

2. Short Recovery Time

Traditional spinal surgeries may necessitate the patient to get bedridden for several weeks during the recovery period. There is also a need for increased physical therapies post-surgery in order for the patient to return to the normal routine and reduce the onset of scar tissue.

3. Safe for All Ages

Spinal decompression can be used on patients of all ages. It is a safe procedure, and when done by a licensed chiropractor, it will be pain-free as well.

4. No Medication Required

While being a safe technique, spinal decompression will also enable your spine to heal naturally and alleviate pain. Non-invasive spinal decompression is an effective therapy in particular when done in combination with LLLT - low-level laser therapy. Balanced Back & Body utilizes the ML830 Smart Laser which allows for superior treatment of a variety of pain syndromes.

LLLT enables the penetration of healing light into the soft tissues, encouraging pain reduction, leading to inflammation and enhanced healing. Spinal Decompression along with Low-Level Laser Therapy is established to relieve pain by the following mechanism:

  • Enlargement of the disc space
  • Reduction in herniation and bulges
  • Reinforcement of outer ligaments to allow the movement of the herniation back into position
  • Application of negative pressures to reverse the elevated intra-disc pressures.
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Accelerates healing
  • Increases production of ATP in the cells

Laser wavelengths from 820 nanometers (nm) to 840 nm are used to bring about enormously low absorption rates in the tissues of humans. Such low frequencies allow laser light to penetrate deep into the tissues.

Spinal Decompression along with LLLT is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of:

  • Back pin
  • Neck pain
  • Arm pain
  • Herniated or bulging, single or multiple discs
  • Leg pain or sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • A decline or failure following surgery
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Numbness
  • Facet syndromes

Balanced Back & Body believes in superior techniques and utilizes the KDT Neural-Flex Table. The KDT Neural-Flex is the ideal Spinal Decompression Therapy Table. It is among the pioneer decompression tables that provide high-quality performance and is available at an economical price. It can carry out cervical and lumbar decompression with better patient comfort and unmatched convenience of use for the practitioner.

Other complimentary recovery modalities include:

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ultrasound
  • Heat or cold therapy


References:

  1. Wheeler T. Spinal Decompression Therapy. WebMD. May, 2021. https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/spinal-decompression-therapy-surgical-nonsurgical
  2. Henry L. Non-surgical Spinal Decompression an Effective Physiotherapy Modality for Neck and Back Pain. Journal of Novel Physiotherapy and Physical Rehabilitation. Jun, 2017;4(3):062-065. doi: 10.17352/2455-5487.000049

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