Sometimes back pain is more than vertebrae moving out of alignment and pinching nerves. It sometimes happens that your spine stays largely in alignment, but the discs in between the vertebrae become compressed, placing pressure on sensitive soft tissues and nerves. At Glaccum Chiropractic Clinic, our chiropractor can perform spinal decompression therapy to help you feel better and move without fear of pain.
How the Spine Becomes Compressed
The vertebrae of the spine are kept from touching one another by discs. When the spine is normal and healthy, the discs act as shock absorbers to maintain the right amount of distance between each vertebra. Discs compress and expand back to pull and push on the vertebrae as the body moves. Over time, the spine suffers wear and tear. The vertebrae may maintain a reasonable alignment from the neck to the base, but the discs can lose their ability to function properly leading to a compressed spine. Discs can leak fluid which causes them to lose their cushion and herniate. Other conditions that lead to spinal compression include arthritis, injury, bone diseases, and infection.
Chiropractic Treatment for Spinal Compression
Spinal decompression therapy is a reliable and safe technique for back pain relief. It is a valid alternative to back surgery for patients who don't want to undergo an operation. Multiple sessions with a chiropractor may be necessary for lasting relief and decompression.
Spinal decompression aims to bring the discs and vertebrae back to their normal spacing. Our chiropractor uses stretches and chiropractic manipulations to release tight muscles and ligaments to allow compressed discs to fully expand. If the discs are damaged, spinal decompression promotes circulation to the damaged discs, delivering virtual nutrients and helping the discs heal more quickly. Herniated discs can be moved back into their original position by correcting the displacement of the vertebrae.