About 80% of Americans are dealing with back pain at some point in their lives and Dr. Marsh in West New York is here to help. Most people deal with the occasional soreness or ache, but for others, the issues is more long-standing. If you’re experiencing back problems that doesn’t seem to stop, it might be time to try spinal decompression therapy.
Spinal decompression therapy is a type of mechanical traction that works by lightly extending the spine. This type of treatment is non-surgical and gentle, making it a great course of action for men and women who want to keep away from surgery or who have already tried other conservative treatments without success. Spinal decompression can help lessen back discomfort caused by herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and sciatica.
Spinal decompression works by gradually stretching the spine. This type of traction reduces the pressure on your discs and nerve roots, which can help reduce pain. The stretch also helps to promote the movement of water, oxygen and nutrients into your discs so they can feel better.
Spinal decompression is mostly done using a motorized machine that gradually pulls on your spine while you lie down on a comfortable table. During the procedure, you’ll be fitted with a harness around your pelvis and another around your chest. The therapist will then alter the settings on the machine to fit your needs.
Quite a few people report feeling relaxed during the process and some even fall asleep. Each session will last about 30-45 minutes and most people need 10-20 sessions for maximum relief.
Absolutely! Spinal decompression is a non-surgical, light treatment option for back pain. However, as with any medical treatment, there are some risks to consider. The most regular side effect of spinal decompression is light soreness in the treated area after each session. This soreness usually goes away within 24 hours. In very rare cases, patients may experience headaches or nausea during treatment.
Many studies have shown that spinal decompression therapy is successful in treating back problems. One study found that 78% of individuals who underwent spinal decompression therapy reported significant improvements in their symptoms.
If you live in West New York and you're struggling with back issues, spinal decompression treatment might be a good treatment choice for you. If you'd like to learn more, give our office a call today!