Why Should You Try Spinal Decompression? Living with persistent back pain can make everyday tasks seem impossible. Simply going to work or doing household chores can cause extreme pain. Instead of turning to medications that can cause long-lasting damage to your health, you should consider the benefits of spinal decompression.
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require any medication and isn’t very time-consuming. It also gets fast results and many patients experience pain relief after their first session. That’s much faster than any kind of spinal surgery and it doesn’t have the recovery time associated with surgery either.
Instead of simply covering up the pain with pain medication, spinal decompression provides natural pain relief by reducing the amount of pressure on the spine. This means that back pain isn’t just covered up for the time a pill lasts, it’s eradicated by dealing with the source of the issue. Not having to worry about addictive painkillers or side effects is one of the major benefits of spinal decompression therapy.
People living with back pain can choose between surgical and nonsurgical spinal decompression. At Integrated Pain Specialists, we believe it makes sense for most of our patients to try nonsurgical spinal decompression first because surgery can require significant downtime and lead to complications.
Before you decide whether spinal decompression is right for you, it’s important to learn how the treatment helps remedy back pain. Spinal compression that occurs during sitting and other daily activities squeezes fluid out of the discs and causes pain. Decompressing the vertebrae by gently stretching them apart allows fluid to make its way back in. As the vertebrae are gently separated from each other, a vacuum effect is created inside the discs. It is this vacuum effect that pulls in some of the water that leaks out due to spinal compression.
Non-surgical spinal decompression can help relieve pain and restore more natural function. It is typically conducted on a specialized lumbar decompression table and works by gently manipulating the spinal structures into their proper positions. Spinal decompression therapy forces nutrient-rich fluids and oxygen into the discs where they can facilitate the healing process.
Spinal Decompression Relieves Pressure to Prevent Pack Pain
Integrated Pain Specialists uses a spinal decompression machine to lessen your lower back pain. Our spinal decompression machine uses traction to apply force to specific parts of your spine. The force separates the discs in your spine slightly to increase blood flow to the area.
Increasing blood flow provides more nutrients to damaged discs, pinched nerves and other problems where you feel pain. By improving blood flow and nutrition, we can help your body heal itself.
You don’t have to worry about the spinal decompression machine causing more back pain. It applies pressure gently to get positive results without discomfort. You also get several periods to relax. During these periods, we stop applying tension to your spine so you can take a break.
Try Spinal decompression, it works over time to heal your body!
More often than not, it takes more than one round of spinal decompression to give you long-lasting results. Integrated Pain Specialists will have a better idea of how many treatments you need after diagnosing your condition and learning more about your medical history. Some people find relief quickly. Others may need about 28 treatments before they feel fully healed.
Treatments on our spinal decompression machine usually last 30-45 minutes. We stay with you the whole time to make sure you stay comfortable. If you ever feel uneasy, we can reduce the amount of pressure. Most patients, however, find the treatments interesting and comfortable.
Over time, your spine will begin to heal itself. After a few treatments, you may notice that your lower back doesn’t feel as stiff as it used to. As you continue with the decompression treatments, you should notice even more results.
Combining Treatments to Make Spinal Decompression More Effective
Depending on your condition, Integrated Pain Specialists may want to combine spinal decompression with other treatments. For instance, we may apply heat to your back to loosen muscles before you get on the machine.
Ultrasound, electrical stimulation and cold therapy can also improve the effectiveness of spinal decompression for some people.
Conditions That Respond Well to Spinal Decompression
We’ve seen terrific results from spinal decompression, but it isn’t the perfect treatment for every type of back pain.
Integrated Pain Specialists typically wants to try spinal decompression on patients who have back pain caused by degenerative disc disease and sciatica, a condition that causes pain, weakness and tingling. Other conditions that respond well to the treatment include injured spinal nerve roots, worn spinal joints, bulging discs and herniated discs.
Dealing with back pain doesn’t necessarily mean you have to take drugs or go under the knife. Our medical team has years of experience working with patients who have back pain. Spinal decompression has helped many of them return to pain-free lives.
5 Great Reasons to Undergo Spinal Decompression
The prevalence of back pain in America is eye-opening — 80% of the population experiences low back pain at some point in their lives, and 20% of these cases go on to have chronic problems with back pain. If you’re tired of the limitations that chronic back pain places on your life, but you’re understandably hesitant about invasive surgical solutions, spine decompression may be just the answer you’ve been seeking.
At Integrated Pain Specialists, our team of medical experts has a deep understanding of the musculoskeletal structure and the primary role that your spine plays. When chronic back pain takes over your life, you’re limited in some significant ways. But rather than adding to the problem with surgery, we offer spine decompression therapy.
To illustrate why spine decompression may be the best answer to your chronic back pain, here’s a look at five key benefits to this therapy.
As we mentioned above, it’s hard enough to deal with back pain on a daily basis, but adding to that discomfort with an invasive surgery may not be the most ideal solution. With our spine decompression therapy, we can reposition the vertebrae and discs in your spine, alleviating the pressure on your nerves—all without a scalpel in sight.
To perform the spine decompression, we use a specialized table and harness that applies the necessary traction. These traction devices are cleared by the FDA for chronic low back pain.
3. A negative force for positive results
Through our spine decompression therapy, we create negative intradiscal pressure to encourage a herniated or bulging disc to reposition itself properly. One of the main drivers of low back pain occurs when a disc escapes its space and compresses nerve roots in the area. By applying traction, we create the necessary space along your spine for your disc to reposition itself.
4. Let the resources flow
Another benefit of spinal decompression is that as we correct the positioning of your discs and vertebrae, this allows your body’s natural healing resources better access to the area to help with inflammation. With the natural flow of your resources restored, your body is also able to do what it does best, heal from within. As regenerative medicine specialists, we understand that the human body is equipped with its own healing tools and, through spine decompression, we’re able to unlock these tools.
5. A long-term solution
With spine decompression, we aren’t simply masking the problem with medications, but providing a sustainable solution. Once your medications wear off, your underlying problem is still there, which is why we prefer a more holistic approach that tackles the problem at its source for long-term relief from chronic back pain.
Most of our patients require a series of spinal decompression treatments, usually 12-20, and each session lasts only 30 minutes. Although you may experience some initial discomfort during your first few sessions (though many of our patients tolerate spinal decompression extremely well right from the start), you’ll feel increasingly better as you progress through your treatments.
If you or a loved one is suffering from arthritis, lower back pain, joint stiffness, sciatica, or any other back pain, reach out to your local experts at Integrated Pain Specialists. We will do everything we can to help you return to the pain free life you once lived! Call us at (801) 816-0332, or book a consultation online!