How Spinal Decompression Therapy Can Help Your Back Pain
Back pain is a prevalent problem in the United States, with nearly 65 million American adults reporting a recent episode and 16 million living with chronic pain.
If you count yourself to this group, your discomfort may make it hard to concentrate at work, fall asleep at night, or perform basic tasks like driving a car.
Spinal decompression therapy offers long-lasting relief.
Why People Experience Back Pain
Your spine is comprised of bony vertebrae. They are stacked on top of one another and have gel-like discs between them.
If these vertebrae are not aligned, pressure increases on the discs and nerves, causing discomfort. Additionally, the back and core muscles (those in the abdomen) must work harder to maintain your body's equilibrium.
A few factors increase the likelihood of misalignment:
- Poor posture
- Bad workplace ergonomics
- A sedentary lifestyle
- Uneven distribution of weight on the shoulders, like carrying a backpack one-sided
- Traumatic incidents like car accidents
How Spinal Decompression Treats Back Pain
Back pain caused by misalignment can't be cured with medication alone. Painkillers may relieve inflammation and alleviate your discomfort temporarily, but they won’t fix the root cause – the misalignment.
Spinal decompression is the answer. This traction-based therapy involves gently stretching the spine, allowing vertebrae and discs that have shifted out of alignment to correctly reposition. This also releases tension in the surrounding nerves and muscles.
The procedure itself is painless. The patient is strapped to a cushioned table using a harness. A computerized targeting system pinpoints tension and adjusts the table to create negative pressure in select areas of the spine.
One study examined the efficacy of spinal decompression for treating back pain in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis, a medical condition caused by narrowing of the spinal canal. More than 1,000 patients were analyzed, with 85% reporting improvement three months post-treatment.
Spinal Decompression Therapy in Lake Mary, Florida
Heathrow Chiropractic of Lake Mary, FL, offers spinal decompression therapy for back pain. Their licensed chiropractors will diagnose the cause of your discomfort and provide a customized therapy plan tailored to your needs.
Don't let back pain ruin your day. Call us today at our South Centre location at (780)-432-1400 or at our Summerside location at (780)-705-0991.