Spinal Decompression is an Alternative to Surgery
Guide to Spinal Decompression
When back or neck pain are constant in your life, chiropractors have many tools in their belt to help. One of these very effective tools is spinal decompression therapy.
The term spinal decompression can seem a bit intimidating to some, but it’s much simpler than it may sound. In this guide, Dr. Brown and Dr. Lyons at Brown Chiropractic in Sterling Heights, MI, discuss non-surgical spinal decompression, what it really means, why it’s such an effective treatment and more.
What Is Spinal Decompression and Why Would I Need It?
In short, decompressing the spine simply means stretching it. Work, sitting, and other activities can cause the spine to compress throughout the day, leaving spinal components putting pressure on each other. And for many, stretching at home can’t quite provide the full stretch needed to undo the compression – especially if it’s been building for a long time.
Spinal decompression therapy is a method that provides a more comprehensive yet gentle stretch. You lie on a segmented table while the lower segment slowly and gently moves your lower body. As it moves, pressure is released from muscles, nerves, discs, and other components. Additionally, blood and oxygen flow through to provide natural healing and tension relief.
What Makes It So Effective?
Decompressing the spine addresses the root cause of your pain, whether that’s tension, nerve compression, disc compression, or another issue. By releasing pressure, relieving tension, and making space for all spinal components to operate efficiently, the underlying cause of pain is treated naturally. You’ll receive several treatments over the course of a few weeks, which build on top of one another for optimal results.
Is It Painful?
If the idea of stretching your spine sounds painful, it can be helpful to know that most patients find the process extremely relaxing. If you do feel any discomfort, it should be no worse than what you might feel stretching at home when you have tension built up. If you notice anything beyond that, let the chiropractor know immediately, as pain should not be experienced and may be a sign that something else is amiss.
Learn more about spinal decompression and how it can impact your life by visiting Dr. Brown and Dr. Lyons at Brown Chiropractic in Sterling Heights, MI. You can call (586) 979-4950 today to schedule an appointment with our team.
The gentle distractive forces of the DTS therapy create a decompression of the spine with unloading due to distraction and proper positioning, to improve blood flow and nutrient exchange to the injured area. You'll experience several cycles of stretch and relaxation, which graduates to a peak over a period of several minutes.
Therapy sessions typically last less than 20 minutes, 3 times a week for 1 month, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond, with most patients feeling pain relief with as few as 6-10 treatments. Most patients are released from treatment after 8 weeks.
A complete program targeting the function of the stabilization muscles is a vital part of DTS Therapy. Exercise and adjunctive therapies such as heat, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and cold therapy can assist in rehabilitation of these structures. Our goal is to not only help heal the disc, but to also enhance muscular control and support of the back and neck.
Regular home exercise and periodic visits to our office will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of reoccurrence. Clinical results of this type of therapy have been effective in over 75% of the patients treated and most patients find long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire program of treatments utilizing the DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy.