Spinal decompression therapy is an FDA-approved procedure that has proven highly effective in alleviating painful conditions associated with herniated or bulging discs, even after surgical intervention was unsuccessful. A Nashville chiropractor offers spinal decompression to mitigate spinal column issues, including back and leg pain, or neck and arm pain.
The procedure involves cycles of distraction and relaxation that isolate affected discs in the neck or low back. Negative pressure is placed on them, creating a vacuum effect. The vacuum pulls protruding material back within the disc and stimulates blood supply to produce a healing response.
Patients with neck or back pain that is caused, at least in part, by a damaged disc can benefit from spinal decompression. Disc-related conditions include spinal stenosis, herniated, protruding, or bulging discs, facet syndrome, or pain and numbness in the limbs.
The process is usually painless. Some patients even fall asleep during sessions. The duration of therapy plans is different for each patient, but for best results, practitioners typically recommend 20 sessions.
New technology makes the latest spinal decompression technique more customized than regular traction. Specialized computer systems constantly generate and evaluate data to adjust therapy according to the patient’s unique needs. Unlike traditional traction, the latest spinal decompression technology allows for improved spinal decompression and disc rehydration, since it eliminates muscle guarding.
Clinical evidence supports the effectiveness of current spinal decompression procedures. In one study, 10 out of 14 patients experienced a 90% reduction in disc herniations. In other research, the majority of patients reported improvements in disc health ranging from “good” (50-80%) to “excellent” (90-100%).
At their first visit, patients undergo a thorough exam in which the chiropractor takes a detailed health history and administers objective tests, such as x-rays, to determine underlying causes of pain. After the exam, the practitioner suggests passive therapies that can be done in-office and at home to achieve some degree of pain relief before follow-up visits begin. The Nashville chiropractor utilizes innovative spinal decompression technology and takes a well-rounded approach to helping patients achieve optimal health.