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Is Spinal Decompression Safe?

Posted: June 16, 2016
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Chiropractors do more than just care for backs, however, many patients visit a chiropractor for low back pain. Back pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their life. Studies have shown that more than half the people who suffer from back pain say the pain has severely limited their everyday activities for a week or longer at some point in time, Chiropractor care is here to help you get your life back.

Spinal decompression therapy uses a medical technology that applies a distraction force to the targeted compressed disc. This gently pulls the spine apart, elongating it and creating a small vacuum between the vertebrae, which pulls the disc back into shape. This vacuum also allows water, oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids to enter into the disc to allow the spine to heal and relieve the pain. The medical term for this vacuum-like effect is known as negative intra-discal pressure.

Patients are fitted with a harness that fits around their hip area as well as a harness that fits around the upper back. Once fitted with the harnesses, the patient lies down on a computerized table, programmed for their specific treatment plan. Each treatment takes about 30 to 45 minutes. The procedure is painless and extremely comfortable.

Spinal decompression has proven to be safer and more effective than drugs or surgery. In fact, spinal decompression has in many cases been more effective than chiropractic care when treating severe disc herniations.

They typical way to treat disc bulges and herniations is through medication and injections. The problem with this treatment is that it only masks the pain without addressing the cause of the pain. Although you may feel better, your spine has not been healed and this can lead you to do things that injure your spine further. Additionally, medications are associated with risk and side effects, especially with prolonged use.

Since spinal decompression does not involve medications or surgery, you will not incur any risks. Although it's best to keep in mind Spinal decompression is not for everyone. For instance, patients who are obese, have metal implants in their spine, severe osteoporosis or sustained a recent vertebral fracture are not good candidates for this treatment. At Atlantis Chiropractic in Woodbridge, you will have a complete and thorough medical history and physical exam, as well as diagnostic x-rays of your spine. These tests will help to determine if you are a good candidate for spinal decompression.