The spine is a strong group of bones, known as vertebrae, that enable the body with structure, stability and flexibility. Constant pressure is placed on the spinal column every day, which can cause it to become compressed. This can affect the intervertebral discs that protect the vertebrae from grinding against one another, and it can also affect the joints of the back as well as the vertebrae themselves.
What are the benefits of spinal decompression therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy has many benefits, including:
• Non-Invasive Procedure — Spinal decompression treatment is a non-invasive procedure, and unlike other types of treatment for back pain or spinal injuries, spinal decompression does not rely on injections or surgical interventions to provide lasting relief.
• Minimal to No Side Effects — This type of non-invasive procedure does not depend on pain medications or other drugs, eliminating the risk for unforeseen or undesirable side effects.
• Gentle and Painless Procedure — Spinal decompression treatment is a gentle and painless procedure and is actually described as the opposite of painful, as patients often report feeling great both during and after the procedure.
• Effective for Injury Recovery — Because of its non-invasive and gentle approach to the body’s natural healing process, spinal decompression is effective for injury recovery.
• Shortened Recovery Period — By promoting the body’s natural healing abilities, this type of treatment can also shorten the recovery period of many different back or spinal injuries.
• Decreases Neurological Symptoms — Because spinal decompression helps to relieve pressure in the spinal column, it can effectively reduce neurological symptoms that arise from spine injuries or conditions, such as a pinched nerve.
• Long-Term Pain Management Solution — For those who suffer from chronic back pain, spinal decompression treatment also offers a long-term pain management solution.
Do physical therapists do spinal decompression?
Yes, physical therapists can perform spinal decompression if they are trained in spinal manipulation and joint care. Spinal decompression is a specialized treatment that requires a specific set of knowledge to perform, and physical therapists who undergo this special training are qualified to perform this therapy. In most cases, however, chiropractors perform spinal decompression therapy.
What does spinal decompression do to your body?
Spinal decompression works by stretching the spine. By creating negative pressure in the spinal column, spinal decompression takes pressure off the spinal discs, the gel-like cushions between the vertebrae in the spine. As a result, slipped, ruptured or herniated discs may revert to their original form, relieving pressure off of nerves, joints and other structures in the spine. This reduction in pressure helps the discs to properly heal by promoting the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs. Doctors use spinal decompression to treat:
• Back or neck pain
• Sciatica (pain or tingling extending down leg)
• Bulging or herniated discs
• Degenerative disc disease
• Worn spinal joints (posterior facet syndrome)
• Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
What does a compressed spine feel like?
A compressed spine, known as spinal cord compression, can present various symptoms depending on its cause, the area affected (cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine) and its severity. Symptoms may develop slowly or quickly. Some injuries may cause immediate symptoms. Certain medical conditions, including tumors or infections, may cause symptoms that have a gradual onset over days or even weeks. Wear and tear of the spine takes years to develop and often results from overuse or repetitive motions. Common symptoms include:
• Balance issues
• Pain and stiffness in neck and back
• Numbness, weakness, cramping in hands, arms, legs
• Loss of feeling in the feet
• Hand coordination problems
• Weakness in feet that results in limping
At NuMedX, we are dedicated to providing you with all of your spinal decompression needs. Our medical professionals are experienced at performing spinal decompression therapy and can help you relieve pressure from your spinal column for effective pain reduction. Visit NuMedX today at 313 North Main Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767. We serve patients from Punxsutawney PA, Big Run PA, Sykesville PA, Reynoldsville PA, Mahaffey PA, Home PA, Rochester Mills PA, Marion Center PA, Stump Creek PA, Rossiter PA, Dayton PA, and Luthersburg PA. We look forward to serving you!