Hello friends and patients! We here at the Oakville Chiropractic Centre have been trying to create blogs that our patients find useful. If there is a topic you would like us to cover, please simply give us a call at 905-845-2291 or fill out a form on our website. Today’s article is to educate our readers about Spinal Decompression Therapy.
Our day-to-day life can be strenuous in many ways and this stress can effect us all differently. Some people experience different body aches, but one of the most common effects is back pain. Back pain can be due to prolonged periods of sitting, too much working out, or even bending for long periods. Some people experience Sciatica (shooting pain to emanate from the lower back and extend outward) which can disrupt your sleeping habits, daily routine and affect your physical wellbeing as well as mental capacity. Luckily, Spinal Decompression Therapy is a technique that helps treat this condition.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Spinal decompression therapy alleviates backache by reducing pressure on your vertebrae disc. It is a recommended treatment for various causes of back pain. Spinal Decompression safely and gently stretches the spine, allowing the discs over time to go back to the correct position and a more healthy circulation to occur, enabling healing.
Conditions That Spinal Decompression Relieves
While there are many chiropractors who treat patients using Spinal Decompression Therapy, not all chiropractors have this machine available at their office. Ensure if you are interested in this type of therapy from your chiropractor that you investigate whether this service is offered by your chiropractor and that your doctor has had the proper training to use this machine. Dr. Huggins trained under Dr. Kennedy and the renowned Kennedy Technique for Spinal Decompression. Spinal decompression therapy is not just a set and forget machine. There is a particular algorithm that is important for your treatment. What type of conditions can be treated by Spinal Decompression Therapy?
1. Neck and Back Pain
Neck and back pain begins like a minor or annoying discomfort, but it may become severe and disabling if not treated. If the problem does not go away after a few days, you would better see a chiropractor in Oakville for proper treatment. Your Oakville chiropractor will then decide if spinal decompression therapy is right for you.
2. Degenerative Disc Disorders
As you age, your body organs age with you! The degenerative disc disorder affects the elderly when the discs between the vertebrae wear out and cause intense pain. The condition affects nerves around the spinal bones, leading to numbness and severe pain.
3. Worn Spinal Joints
This condition is also known as facet joint syndrome. It occurs when the cartilage tissue that connects the joint and the bones is worn-out. The cartilage muscle becomes inflamed and causes pain in the nerves. The leading causes of worn spinal joints include aging, injury, and poor posture.
4. Spinal Cord Injury
Accidents cause grievous harm to your spinal bone, leading to acute pain. When the spine’s small joints are injured, they lead to nerve damage, causing pain and lower body function loss. Spinal decompression therapy is an advanced treatment that enables patients to lead a more comfortable, pain-free, better life.
5. Bulging or Degenerated Discs
The spinal cord has an even arrangement of discs running down it. When one of those discs is protruding down, it is referred to as a bulging or degenerated disc. This can lead to back, leg or buttock pain. If this isn’t treated, it can lead to a walking disability.
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
The non-surgical procedure involves removing compression force in the spine. The process helps put the spine in the right position to help the discs stay in place, to reduce stress on the nerves, which in turn alleviates pain.
The Spinal Decompression machine works by creating negative pressure on the intervertebral disc, this opens up the previously compressed discs and allows fluids such as blood, oxygen and other nutrients to be received. The increase of these fluids stimulate the disc and allows the discs to heal.
The 3 Elements of the Spinal Decompression Table
The spinal decompression table is made up of three elements:
- the Decompression Table
- the Traction Unit
- the Patient Harness
1. Decompression Table: this is the physical area where the patient will be positioned during their treatment.
2. Traction Unit: this is the device that creates the force and pull during the treatment. It is a computer-assisted program and the parameters differ for every different patient. These parameters will be assigned by your chiropractor based on your assessment and may change throughout the course of your treatments.
3. Patient Harness: the harness is used to secure the patient to the table and is attached to the traction unit to create the force pull.
What Our Patients Say About Spinal Decompression Therapy
Research is still ongoing to explore more effective non-surgical spinal decompression treatment methods. Here are some non-surgical therapies that an Oakville chiropractor can recommend:
- Chiropractic care
- Fitness activities
- Avoiding a sedentary lifestyle
- Wearing a back brace
- Aqua therapy
- Physical therapy
- Adopting the right sitting or walking posture