Why Patients Choose Spinal Decompression

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Why Patients Choose Spinal Decompression

Back pain is one of the most common chronic pain issues out there.  The invasiveness of back surgery (and the associated risks) can be avoided with spinal decompression therapy.  Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a form of motorized traction that helps to reduce the pressures that trigger back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching your spine. This stretching can then lead to a retraction of bulging or herniated disks, relieving the pressure imposed on sensitive nerves and other spinal structures. See if spinal decompression is right for your back health!


Back Pain and It’s Effects

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that up to 80% of people will experience back pain at some point in their life. Commonly, this pain is centralized in the lower back, where many joints and bones connect together. A reported 31 million Americans suffer from lower back pain every day, which doesn’t include those with full-back pain or neck pain. Many people brush off this pain as everyday discomfort, or “sleeping on the wrong side of the bed,” when a more chronic alignment problem may be the cause. 


Misalignment of the back and spine can lead to compressed and damaged nerves, loss of feeling in parts of the back and body, inflammation, pain, loss of range-of-motion and more. In fact, because of back pain, about ½ of Americans miss work because of the pain or loss of movement they experience. 


Every day, your back takes the pressure of everything you do. The lower back is actually the center of your entire body, which is why lower back pain is one of the most common types of pain people in the United States experience. Your spine is one of your body’s greatest assets and investing in your spinal health is essential to living a healthier life. When our patients are in pain, they either call us for a chiropractic adjustment to realign the joints and bones of the spine, or they request spinal decompression. 


What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is an advanced form of chiropractic care, where the focus is decompression of strained back joints, muscles and tissues instead of only realigning them. Spinal decompression will involve a machine that gently lengthens your spine. By slowly and gently stretching the spine, spinal decompression relieves the pent-up pressure within compressed discs and vertebrae. 


Many patients who have tried surgery or medications without success report experiencing significant relief with this treatment. With their pain decreased (or eliminated) and their range of movement restored, normal mobility and function is returned to its original state. This allows patients to resume their everyday activities.


Though traction, physical therapy, and traditional manipulation can reduce disc pressure, it cannot achieve negative pressure. This may be necessary to correct the condition of your spine. The stretching and re-positioning of your spine is slow and gradual, so your body won’t “lock down” or stiffen your back muscles in response during treatment. This is important because the “lock down” response is your body’s natural reaction to prevent injury when pressure is being applied to your spine. This is why spinal decompression using a machine works so well. 


Each session lasts about 30 minutes, with no downtime or additional medication needed. Most patients require 20 to 25 sessions scheduled over 4 to 6 weeks to properly heal, though the frequency of prescribed therapy depends on your individual condition.


Keeping Your Back and Spine Healthy

Spinal decompression is an excellent method for our patients to relieve their back pain and neuropathy symptoms. You want to take extra measures between spinal decompression sessions to keep your back and spine healthy all year long. Here are some tips for a healthy spine: 

  • Develop good posture habits! Slouching increases pressure on your lower back 10 to 15 times more than lying down, and hunching tenses muscles in the neck and upper back. We also spend 63% of our day either sleeping or sitting at work. Make sure you have proper posture during that time. 
  • Invest in good shoes. Worn out shoes, or ill-fitting shoes, are one of the leading causes of injury among runners, athletes and people that are on their feet for long periods of time. You can get a back injury simply because your shoes are worn out and can’t take the impact of repetitive motions and daily activities. 
  • Improve your core strength. Strengthening your core muscles in your abdominals and back will also strengthen your back muscles, helping you to prevent injuries. 
  • Have reliable sleep support. You spend an average of 8 hours laying down on a mattress. If your mattress isn’t structured enough to support your body frame, weight, and sleeping patterns, your back will take the pressure of trying to support itself while you sleep. 
  • Try out massage therapy. This is a hands-on approach to protecting and treating the spine. It can restore circulation to nerves in the back and spine that have limited sensation or functionality. It also helps diminish inflammation that leads to back pain.


Spinal Decompression Consultation

Colorado Regenerative Health is an advanced Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Center, Sports Medicine, Class IV laser, and Chiropractic Center. Dr. Helms D.C., provides the most innovative and effective non-surgical treatments available. Spinal decompression is one of his most beneficial therapies for his patients. To schedule your free consultation, call Colorado Regenerative Health at (303) 872-7161!

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