Spinal decompression treatment is approved by the Federal Drug Administration to help relieve pain caused by a bulging or herniated disc, narrowing of the spinal column or stenosis of the spine, sciatica or radiculopathy, as well as pain in the back, legs, neck, and arm. Spine decompression is a minimally invasive treatment that may help patients avoid medication, injections, spinal surgery, and anesthesia.
So what are the side effects of spinal decompression? Most patients do not experience any side effects. It is totally safe and comfortable. Spinal decompression has even helped patients after failed back surgery. However, if the patient has suffered severe nerve damage, spinal decompression therapy may not be a viable option. Thus, it is important to undergo a physical exam, MRI, or X-rays to determine if spinal decompression treatments are correct for you.
Traction vs. Spine Decompression?
Does spinal decompression differ from traction? Traction is actually a straight pulling against certain poundage, stretching the ligaments and tendons; and puts a pulling load against the entire spine instead of specific discs within the spine. It is also a constant decompression during which patients can often experience pain.
Spine decompression is achieved by using a specific combination of spinal positioning and varying the degree and intensity of force. The spinal disc is slowly and gently put under "negative pressure," to pull the herniated disc material back inside through a vacuum effect. Because of the decrease in pressure in the discs, spinal decompression services stimulates the blood supply and promote healing in the muscles and tendons.
Who should not have spine decompression treatments? It should not be used on pregnant women because of pressure on the abdomen, patients who have spinal instability, such as severe osteoporosis or degeneration of the spine, or if a patient has had spinal surgery with the implantation of screws, metal plates, or similar hardware.
The chiropractors at McKim Chiropractic specialize in spinal decompression therapy using the DRS Protocol™, a non-surgical treatment for back pain associated with spinal and disc problems. Call McKim Chiropractic today for more information and to schedule a consultation. Following a thorough examination to see if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy, a course of treatment will be customized uniquely for you. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, achieve full health wholeness.