Back and neck pain can become severe enough to keep you from living a normal life. Lost time at work, social isolation, and difficulty with basic tasks can feel like a waking nightmare. Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical option that works for many patients with back pain, but most sufferers don’t know exactly how it works. That’s why Dr. Stroud, the experienced physician at Stroud Chiropractic, is here to outline the basics below.
How It Works
The bones of your spine are separated by rubbery spinal discs which can become bulged, misaligned, or ruptured, causing severe back or neck pain. The theory behind spinal decompression therapy is that, by gently stretching and then relaxing the spine, negative pressure can be created that pulls bulging or herniated material back into the disc where it belongs. This creates a better environment for nutrients to pass into the spinal disc to promote healing.
Who It’s For
Spinal decompression therapy is ideal for patients 18 and over with herniated, bulging, or degenerated spinal discs. It has also been shown effective in reducing symptoms of nerve compression, atrophy, and persistent back pain in general.
What to Expect
Therapy sessions involve lying comfortably on a table with a motorized, movable lower section. Your upper body will stay still while your chiropractor uses the table’s controls to shift your lower body back and forth, stretching and then relaxing the spine to create decompression. This relieves pressure in and around your spinal discs. Sessions last around 30-45 minutes, and it typically takes around 15 to 25 daily sessions for therapy to be maximally effective.
If you think spinal decompression therapy might help you or someone you love in the Archdale, NC, area, the experienced chiropractors at Stroud Chiropractic can help. They offer free consultations to help determine the best treatment plan for every patient, and are determined to bring pain relief to everyone who walks through their doors. Call them at (336) 434-2107 to set up an appointment, or visit their website to meet Dr. Stroud and his team.