A lot of back pain comes over time, developing from years of bad posture or tiny, innocuous habits that encourage the wrong kind of behavior from your back. In short, letting your back bend too much will eventually get you stuck that way. This is where your Edmonds chiropractic may need to employ decompression therapy.
Decompression therapy is so called because it is designed to relieve pressure on your spinal disks. It is a process by which your spine is mechanically encouraged to stretch, removing the pressure from the gel-like cushions between your spinal bones. Over time, herniated disks can retract and take their pressure off of the nerves and blood vessels housed in your spine. This in turn leads to healing, and long-term relief from your back pain.
The process of this kind of treatment is fairly simple. You remain fully clothed, and no surgery or other invasive measures are called for. The doctor will strap you into a sophisticated machine that pulls at your pelvis and trunk, applying negative pressure to your spine for a period of about thirty to forty-five minutes. It’s a safe procedure, customized and controlled by your doctor via a computer.
This type of therapy is frequently used to treat back pain, neck pain, sciatica, degenerative disk disease, injured nerves in the spinal column, and worn spinal joints. Patients generally find the experience comfortable, and feel lasting results after their prescribed treatments.
People who are pregnant should not pursue decompression therapy. It may also be a bad idea for anyone suffering from certain tumors, fractures, advanced osteoporosis, or aneurysms in the abdominal aorta, as well as people with metallic implants in the spine. Talk to your chiropractor to see if you are a good candidate for decompression therapy.