Spinal decompression therapy uses a traction table to relieve pressure on spinal nerves irritated by misaligned vertebrae, bulging discs, sciatica and herniated discs. Aging and normal wear and tear on intervertebral discs are the primary reasons why these spongy discs thin, weaken and eventually bulge or rupture. Spinal loading, or placing stress on the spine for extended periods by sitting, lifting improperly or standing excessively, also contributes to lumbar disc degradation.
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How Spinal Decompression Therapy Benefits Spine Health
Disc degradation begins when concentrations of proteoglycans decrease within intervertebral discs. Found between cells that comprise fibrous connective tissues like intervertebral discs, protein-rich proteoglycans are vital to maintaining “toughness” and functioning of discs. Spinal decompression therapy interrupts and reverses the degenerative consequences of spinal loading and wear and tear by removing pressure and re-stimulating production of proteoglycans.
Even if you do not suffer from bulging discs, herniated discs or a misaligned spine, undergoing regular spinal decompression therapy can improve and maintain the health of your spine by keeping proteoglycans at peak level.
What Conditions Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Treat?
Chiropractors use noninvasive SDT to relieve pain due to:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Posterior facet syndrome (worn spinal joints)
- Diseases affecting spinal nerve roots
- Injuries to spinal nerve roots
- Soft-tissue spinal stenosis
- Facet arthropathy
Is Spinal Decompression Uncomfortable?
No. Patients are securely and comfortably strapped to a motorized table that is FDA-approved and exclusively used for providing “distraction forces” to the spine. In fact, Dr. Wottrich’s patients look forward to their spinal decompression treatments because it feels so relaxing to have their vertebrae stretched and invigorated. Some patients may experience minor soreness after treatment but this negligible soreness can be attributed to the healing process, much like a bruise worsens before it diminishes in color and sensitivity.
Is There Anyone Who Should Not Have Spinal Decompression Treatments?
Dr. Wottrich will assess your condition to determine whether you would be a good candidate for spinal decompression. Typically, only people with fractures, tumors, advanced osteoporosis, abdominal aortic aneurysms or metal implants within the spine are advised not to undergo spinal decompression.
Would you be interested in spinal decompression therapy to relieve back pain and improve spine health? Do you have any special concerns about this type of treatment?