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Sep 17 2018

Simply stated, the term “spinal decompression” describes the relief of pressure on pinched nerves of the spinal column. Spinal decompression is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain, such as bulging discs, disc herniation, sciatica and spinal stenosis. Relief from pain can be achieved both surgically and non-surgically so be sure to ask your chiropractor if you would be a candidate for spinal decompression therapy, an alternative to invasive surgery.

What is non-surgical spinal decompression therapy?

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Aug 20 2018

Are you dealing with chronic back pain on a daily basis and don’t know why? What could be the cause of lower back pain? Unfortunately, as the years go by, the tension and stress that your spine has had to endure take a toll on the discs in your spine. Age-related changes also cause the discs to become drier and thinner, making them more prone to damage, ultimately leading to a degenerative spine disorder. Because the spine is a narrow column filled with nerve tissue, any change in the structural integrity or placement of the discs threatens to impinge on adjacent spinal nerves, which is often what causes painful degenerative spine symptoms.  Consult with your doctor of chiropractic to discuss degenerative spine disease as this diagnosis should not be taken lightly.

Two common types of degenerative spine disease are:

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Jun 18 2018

Back pain is a modern epidemic. More than 80% of Americans will experience severe low back pain at least once during their lifetime. Chiropractors have helped millions of people with back problems, often saving them from a lifetime of pain, disability, drugs, and surgery with a natural low back pain treatment. This is the difference between a life of health and comfort or a life of pain, disease, and disability.

Here are a few tips to help prevent severe low back pain from beginning:

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Jul 23 2018

Have you been told that surgery is your only option to relieve your chronic back pain? Depending on the severity of the condition, a combination of non-surgical treatment options may be the best solution for treating your pain.

Back pain is considered chronic if it lasts three months or longer. The pain can come and go, temporary relief followed by frustration. Chronic back pain is usually age-related, but can also result from a prior injury. The most common causes include:

  • Arthritis of the spine—the gradual thinning of the cartilage inside the spine
  • Spinal stenosis—narrowing of the spinal canal that may lead to nerve pain
  • Disc problems, such as a herniated or bulging disc
  • Myofascial pain syndrome—unexplained muscle pain and tenderness

Dealing with chronic back pain can be especially trying if you don’t know the cause. In some cases, it’s difficult to pinpoint the cause. Don’t make rushed decisions or undergo extensive medical procedures until the origin of the pain is found. Not only may they not help; they could make the pain worse.

What are some Back Surgery Alternatives?

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May 21 2018

First of all, you may be asking, “What is spinal decompression therapy?” This may be a question you need answered if you are suffering from chronic pain in your lower back. To put it in simple terms, spinal decompression therapy is a safe and effective back surgery alternative, used to relieve back pain and other problems associated with spinal disc injuries.

Traditional treatments for back and spine problems include surgery, medication, or chiropractic care. Spinal decompression therapy is an alternative FDA-approved treatment option that has shown very good results. It is non-invasive and provides gentle decompression of the disc through the use of a decompression table that applies a distraction force to the targeted area of the spine (the compressed disc). A computer controls the distraction force which is applied in between periods of relaxation. This gently elongates the spine, creating a small vacuum between the vertebrae which then helps pull the disc back into shape.

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