Learn How Spinal Decompression can Alleviate Chronic Back and Neck Pain

Do you have back or neck pain that traditional treatments like over-the-counter medications, heat, cold, and posture changes fail to address? Your spine could be compressed, causing pressure on nerves and discs, and making you feel like your pain never lets up. 

At Access Chiropractic Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Jeffery Muschik, DC, can help you with spine and neck pain by providing a variety of chiropractic treatments. One of the most effective is spinal decompression, which relieves pressure on your discs and nerves and alleviates chronic pain.

Why spinal compression hurts

When you stand or sit upright all day, you gradually become shorter. This is because the discs that separate the bones in your spine compress. This compression can become more distinct as you age, with your discs becoming permanently shorter, causing you to lose height. 

The discs in your back help keep your spinal bones separated. When the space between your bones shrinks due to spinal compression, the nerves that run up and down the length of your spine get trapped in the smaller space and get compressed or pinched. This can cause severe, chronic pain in your back and neck, and even radiating pain or numbness down into your arms and legs.  

Spinal decompression

Spinal decompression, or back decompression, increases the height of the discs in your back using a special table or apparatus to apply gentle traction to the spine. Dr. Muschik guides the process to carefully stretch your back and relieve any pressure. As the space between your spinal bones increases, the discs decompress and more space is made for the nerves. 

In one study, spinal decompression was used to treat adults over the age of 65 with an average chronic pain level of 6.2 on a scale of 1-10. With the treatment, they gained an average of a nearly 20% increase in disc height and their pain was reduced to an average of 1.6.

Candidates for spinal decompression

You might be a good candidate for spinal decompression or back decompression if you’re otherwise healthy and don’t have a severe back injury or disease of the spine. Most pregnant women should wait for back decompression until they are no longer pregnant. 

People who shouldn’t seek spinal decompression include anyone with advanced osteoporosis, metal supports in their spine, a fracture of a spinal bone, a tumor near the spine, or an abdominal aortic aneurysm. 

If you suffer from chronic pain in your back or neck, call our office at 803-262-2624 or use our convenient scheduling system to make an appointment online.

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