Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical method for relieving the pressure that often occurs in the spinal column, which presses on the discs that cushion the individual vertebrae and on the nerves that connect to the spinal column. Over time, gravity causes the vertebrae to press heavily on these discs. These flexible cushions can also become damaged and “bulge” out of their normal position. Spinal decompression gently counteracts the effects of gravity, lifting the vertebra gently apart over a period of time and allowing the discs and nerves to fall back into normal position. The result is greater comfort for the patient, with less pain and fewer nerve problems.
Spinal decompression therapy has been found to be an effective method of treatment for a number of spinal conditions, including back pain, neck pain, herniated disc disease, sciatica, worn spinal joints and injured nerve endings. However, it is not used for all types patients or all types of back problems, so you should consult with your chiropractor to determine if it is appropriate for your condition. For example, pregnancy and previous back surgery is not advised for this type of treatment.
The decompression process involves the use of a motorized traction table that gently stretches the spine. The result is less pressure on disks and nerves connected to the spinal column, which then relieves common problems of pain and nerve impingement. The patient is placed into the harness on the traction table, and then, gentle force is used through phases of distraction and relaxation to isolate affected discs. Patients do not feel any pain during the traction process. In fact, many fall asleep during the process and report immediate relief of discomfort. A number of sessions may be necessary, depending on the severity of the condition. Your chiropractor will determine the appropriate course of treatment for your individual needs.
Call NuView Health Medical today at (212) 588-0707 for an appointment with the doctor to learn more about spinal decompression and its ability to help spine-related problems.
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