According to an article published in U.S. News, over 80 percent of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and approximately 30 percent of people live with back pain on any given day. However, for many of these people, spinal fusion and other surgical solutions may be over-recommend and overused by surgeons.
If you have recently been advised to have back surgery, there may be alternative options available to you that are less invasive and could have a more favorable long-term impact. Spinal decompression is a safe, non-surgical FDA-cleared technology that is typically used to treat disc injuries in the lower back and neck.
How It Works
When you’re born, your vertebrae come packed with water, which gives them plenty of cushion to make movements comfortable and fluid. Unfortunately, as you age, fluid leaks out of the joints and causes them to become less fluid and flexible. This process can be accelerated by sustained periods of spinal loading (when excessive pressure is put on the spine). As the spinal discs thin out, a variety of problematic symptoms can develop, including:
Chronic lower back or neck pain
Muscle atrophy and weakness
Sciatica pain (in one or more lower extremities)
Radiating nerve pain
Tingling and numbness in the extremities
Spinal compression that occurs during sitting and other daily activities squeezes fluid out of the discs and causes pain. Decompressing the vertebrae by gently stretching them apart allows fluid to make its way back in. As the vertebrae are gently separated from each other, a vacuum effect is created inside the discs. It is this vacuum effect that pulls in some of the water that leaks out due to spinal compression.
Non-surgical spinal decompression can help relieve pain and restore more natural function. It is typically conducted on a specialized lumbar decompression table and works by gently manipulating the spinal structures into their proper positions. Spinal decompression therapy forces nutrient-rich fluids and oxygen into the discs where they can facilitate the healing process.
Your Alternative to Spinal Surgery
While spinal surgery may be necessary in some cases, many people have discovered that spinal decompression therapy provides long-term relief without the invasiveness of surgery. To find out if you are a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy, call Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy and schedule your consultation.