Spinal Decompression: A Non-Surgical Treatment for Back Pain That Works

Non-Surgical Treatment for Back Pain

Your back is an incredibly complex structure that serves as the very foundation of your entire musculoskeletal structure. In the course of its duties — providing both support and mobility — things can go wrong, placing you in a world of pain and limited movement. From acute muscle strains to degenerative conditions that cause nerve compression, there are any number of conditions that can lead to back pain.

As you cast about for solutions, the thought of surgery may sound less than ideal — which is understable given the risks that come with any surgery. Thankfully, we here at Access Chiropractic Center, under the experienced guidance of Dr. Jeffery Muschik, offer an alternative solution with spinal decompression.

Read on to explore how spinal decompression has helped many of our Rock Hill, South Carolina, patients overcome stubborn back pain.

Sciatica — a primary problem

Many of our patients who seek our help are suffering from sciatica, which is pain that refers down the path of your sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in your body. The sciatic nerve runs from your low back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg.

When this nerve is compressed by a herniated disc, spinal stenosis (the narrowing of the spine), or a bone spur on your spine, you can experience symptoms anywhere along the nerve, which include pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling. Symptoms may be mild and sporadic or frequent and intense and usually only one side of your body is affected.

There are other problems that can lead to nerve compression — and pain — in your back, including degenerative disc disease and facet joint syndromes. And spinal decompression is effective in all of these areas.

The key to spinal decompression

Spinal decompression relies on a sophisticated computerized table to create a vacuum effect on your spinal discs to allow herniated or bulging discs to return to their normal position. This stretching of your spine creates a negative pressure that coaxes your spinal discs to retract.

This therapy also helps improve the health of your spine by promoting the flow of oxygen, water, and other healing nutrients to the discs so they can adequately heal themselves.

Putting spinal decompression to work

A spinal decompression session isn’t painful and it lasts less than an hour. You’re fully clothed on a mechanical table that’s separated into a lower and upper half, where the lower half can move.

Once you’re settled, we attach harnesses to your hips on the lower table section and to your ribcage on the upper table section. We then activate the mechanical table to stretch your spine slowly, and it’s adjustable to ensure you're getting the optimal stretch.

We usually recommend about 15 to 30 treatments over four to six weeks, depending on your symptoms and response. As you progress, you should experience gradually increasing relief from your back pain.

When is spinal decompression not appropriate?

Spinal decompression has very few risks, but it’s not recommended for everyone, including:

To find out if you’re a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy, please give us a call or make an appointment online.

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