Surgery or pain medications aren’t your only options if you’re suffering from chronic neck or back pain. If traditional treatments haven’t worked for you in the past, you may experience long awaited relief through the use of spinal decompression therapy.
Not as scary as it sounds, spinal decompression therapy is a method of gently stretching the spine to alleviate tension and pressure. To understand how it works, you may need to first familiarize yourself with the spine.
The human spine is divided into three major sections:
Vertebrae are the small bones that make up the backbone. They have a hole in the middle where the spinal cord runs through, and several projections that serve as muscle attachments. In between each pair of vertebrae are the intervertebral discs. These are cushion, or gel-like discs. They serve as ligaments to hold the vertebrae together, protect the surrounding nerves, allow for movement, and act as shock absorbers for the rest of the body.
When one of these discs become injured or damaged, either from an accident or illness, pieces can break off, or they can start to bulge which puts pressure on surrounding nerves. Often referred to as a pinched nerve, or a ruptured, bulging, or herniated disc, they can be excruciating and debilitating.
The basic concept of SDT is to create space between each vertebrate to reposition the affected disc. This in turn alleviates the pressure on the nerves and relieves pain and numbness. Using a traction table, or other motorized device, the spine is stretched in different sessions, depending on circumstances and results.
Each treatment session lasts, on average, between 30-45 minutes, and patients typically undergo 15-30 sessions.
Contact Dr. Travis Utter and his staff today to schedule an appointment. You don’t have to live your life in pain, we’re here to help!