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Spinal Decompression: Negative Pressure = Positive Results

To pick up her boy, a mother bends over and feels a sharp pain in her back. A business man is on his lunch break and at a traffic light is rear-ended, causing neck pain and numbness of the side. What’s the source of their discomfort? A herniated disc.Have a look at Chiropractor North Hollywood for more info on this.

Between the bones ( vertebrae) which make up your spine, vertebral discs are located. There are two primary functions of healthy discs: to serve as shock absorbers for the spinal joints; and to serve as spacers between the vertebrae where the spinal column exits the nerves.

Movement in your vertebrae reduces as discs begin to break down (degenerate), and the discs become dehydrated. The gaps between your vertebrae narrow at the place where the nerves exit when they dehydrate. Nerve compression and discomfort may be caused by this disc narrowing. Additionally, the edges of the discs will bulge as the discs in your spine dehydrate and start to tear. This bulging can lead to a herniated disc, causing pain in the neck or back, and often in the arms and legs, numbness and weakness.

Although certain herniated discs need surgery, only about 1% of patients with back pain are candidates for surgery. Although surgery as a last resort could be a potential option, a non-invasive, highly efficient alternative exists. Without surgery, spinal decompression therapy will remove back pain.

This alternate therapy provides a non-surgical alternative for back pain sufferers that can restore normal function to damaged spines. Spinal decompression combines new technology with chiropractic medicine’s established techniques. A chiropractor is able to prescribe tailored therapy to the exact areas that require care with the use of precision computerised equipment. To alleviate back, leg pain, neck and arm pain, spinal decompression utilises convenient traction therapy. During this operation, a spinal disc may be separated and put under negative pressure by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, creating a vacuum effect inside the disc.

Two things are accomplished by the vacuum effect. Disc material that has protruded or herniated from the disc may be pushed back into the disc from a technical point of view, taking pressure off the nerves. Symptoms such as arm and leg numbness are relieved when this pressure is relieved by the vacuum effect produced inside the disc. Furthermore, the vacuum effect activates the supply of blood to the disc, inducing a healing response secondarily. At the damaged site, this helps in pain relief and proper healing.

Generally, most patients with slipped and/or bulging (herniated) discs are ideal candidates for spinal decompression therapy, as well as those that have recurrent neck and/or back pain. For other specific disorders, including spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease, spondylosis or even failed spinal surgery, patients may also find relief using this therapeutic technique.