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What is Chiropractic Decompression Therapy?

Written by: ChiroCare of Florida
February 9, 2018

Chiropractic decompression therapy is a beneficial and constructive method for those suffering with a herniated or bulging disc who would prefer a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment. This type of therapy helps to create a passage of healing nutrients into the disc and promotes a healthier and more healing environment.

The modern spinal decompression procedure can effectively treat back, neck, leg, and arm pain. The therapy is most popular with sufferers of spinal disc herniation, degenerative spinal discs, and facet joint syndrome. Through specific body positioning and traction, pain from these common syndromes can be relieved and disability can be improved.

Before beginning chiropractic decompression therapy, educate yourself on what it entails and what to expect during decompression sessions with your chiropractor. Then, contact your local chiropractors at ChiroCare of Florida for information on beginning treatment.

What to Expect from Spinal Decompression

Chiropractic spinal decompression is a motorized traction that is used to relieve pain and other symptoms associated with back, neck, leg, and arm problems. Put simply, this method works by gently stretching the spine. Through this stretching, the position of the spine is altered, thus taking pressure off of the affected spinal discs and removing pressure from the nerves and other structures in the spine. With continued treatment, chiropractic decompression therapy can help promote movement of oxygen, water, and nutrient-rich fluids to the discs so that they can heal quickly and properly.

Spinal Decompression Sessions

During spinal decompression sessions, you will lie on a motorized table. A harness is placed around the hips and is then connected to the lower half of the table. The upper part of the table will stay in its position as the lower half of the table slides up and down to create a comfortable traction for patients.

While lying down on the table, a computer system simulates an anti-gravity effect on your spine that helps spinal disc material to move toward its normal position. This will help to reduce spinal disc pressure and pain. Typically, treatments are gentle and painless, and you will not feel much more than a mild pulling sensation on the spine.

Length and Amount of Treatments Required

In most common cases, patients will attend roughly 15 to 20 decompression sessions, with treatment involving additional physical therapy. Each session will last between 45 minutes to an hour. The length of time each of your sessions will take depends on factors such as the patient’s specific condition and the severity of the problems and pain to be alleviated. While some patients experience relief after only a few sessions, others will take longer.

Are Therapeutic Exercises Required in Addition to Decompression Therapy?

Supporting spinal muscles through therapeutic exercises is often highly recommended, if not required, in conjunction with decompression sessions in order to achieve long term pain relief and treatment success. In most cases, your chiropractor will suggest a total physical therapy program targeting the function of all affected muscles. This is necessary because weakened spinal muscles can result in further stress on the spinal discs and lead to disc degeneration, pain, and loss of function.

If you believe chiropractic decompression therapy may be right for you, or if you would like further information on the topic, contact your local chiropractors at ChiroCare of Florida. Our trained and compassionate staff will be happy to assess your specific needs and walk you through your treatment options.

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