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What Is Spinal Decompression And How It Can Help

Back problems are one of the most frequent complaints mentioned to doctors today. In a study done by Georgetown University, nearly 65 percent of Americans reported recent back pain. Lasting back pain and the related symptoms are hugely troublesome and often unmanageable. Harbourside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation offers a unique variety of methods to combat this. One of the most effective is spinal decompression. It is used for relief of pain and offers the patient an excellent alternative to surgery or living in pain.

What exactly is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a modern and successful method of chiropractic treatment for relief from disc herniations and bulges, general back and neck pain, facet syndrome, sciatica pain, degenerative disk disease, worn or arthritic joints, spinal stenosis, and even injured or diseased nerves. It will provide relief for the patient and can cure painful back conditions.

This works to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves that pass though the spinal column. There are two types of spinal decompression – surgical and non-surgical. Harbourside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation provides patients with the most advanced and cutting-edge technology in non-surgical spinal decompression.

How is this achieved? The process for spinal decompression and relief of pressure is by a doctor and computer controlled motorized traction procedure that carefully stretches the spine, effectively treating back pain. At Harbourside Chiropractic, non-surgical spinal decompression is performed by the doctor. The patient will remain fully clothed and lie on a table after being fitted with a harness around the pelvis. The harness and table are connected to a computerized system. The doctor will then operate the table and give a fully customized and patient tailored treatment. The gentle stretching action takes pressure off the spinal disks and nerves by changing the force and position of the spine. It is very non-invasive and typically lasts for 15-20 minutes per session.

This decompression treatment period can be very relaxing and resting for the patient, often giving immediate pain relief. Before or after your spinal decompression treatment, Harbourside Chiropractic may also offer other therapies including heat and cold, electrical stimulation and ultrasound. Other treatment options such as exercise, rest, or even acupuncture may also simulate healing and be recommended in conjunction with non-surgical spinal decompression to maximize the effectiveness and lasting benefit from the treatment.

How can spinal decompression help?

Simply put, non-surgical spinal decompression can help provide healing and help for pain. It relieves pressure on the spinal cord and/ or compressed nerves which pass in and through the spinal column. The stretching and movement of the spine provides relief and can treat conditions including back, neck, and limb pain.

Once the spinal decompression and traction occur, spinal disks once bulging, herniated, and highly inflamed may retract and go back into standard position. This takes pressure off the nerves and the spine. Further healing and tissue regeneration is stimulated by movement of water, oxygen, and fluids in the disks and spinal region. The other option for spinal decompression is surgical, known medically as a laminectomy. It is only used as a last resort for the patient, for severe spinal problems that have not responded to other forms of treatment. It also can relieve and remove pressure on the spinal column and surrounding nerves. This minimally invasive surgery is done by opening the bony canals which hold the spinal cord and nerves which creates more space for them to move freely. This relieves pressure on the spinal column. There is a high rate of success and the typical patient can return to normal in a few weeks.

Harbourside Chiropractic is pleased to provide the latest in non-surgical spinal decompression. Contact us to get relief and find out more today!

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