Severe lower back pain can be quite stressful, leaving a patient unable to perform regular tasks. When you suffer from back pain, in most cases patients only think about how they can make it go away. This brings surgery and medication into the equation. However, it is worth trying out spinal decompression therapy before opting for the other alternatives, which usually leave the patient with a variety of side effects. Although the available research on this therapy is not as comprehensive as most would want, it is important to note that it has had a lot of success in treating back problems.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
This therapy involves stretching of the spinal cord to relieve pressure on discs. Lower back pain caused by herniated discs in the lower back can be relieved using this therapy method. It relies on motorized traction produced by a back decompression machine to create the effect described above. Due to spinal pressure, the discs, which are gel like cushions in between vertebra, are compressed resulting into water loss and/ or bulging. The traction on the spinal decompression machine usually creates a negative pressure in the discs making it possible for water and other nutrients to enter. This negative pressure also releases the force acting on herniated discs.
Spinal Decompression therapy is suited to people suffering from a variety of conditions that usually result into back pain. These include herniated discs or bulging discs; spinal joints that are worn out; suffering from diseased or injured spinal nerve roots; as well as any back pain that extends to the arm or leg. All these conditions can make it very difficult for you as a patient to function normally; this therapy has been developed to remedy these conditions and bring back some of the lost functionality.
It is, however, important to note that, even though non-surgical spinal decompression has been proven to be quite effective in helping patients with back injuries, it is not suited to the treatment of some conditions. This spinal therapy is not suited to treating people whose back pain is as a result of a fractured disc or a tumor, or is suffering from advanced osteoporosis; the patient should also not have any metal implants in their backs. Pregnant women are also not suitable candidates for this therapy treatment. Anyone suffering from the above conditions should seek other medical alternatives as this procedure might end up doing more damage.
As you can see, spinal decompression therapy is a great way of dealing with back pain and getting back to fitness. The most important benefit associated with this procedure is that it allows for water and nutrients into the spinal discs, keeping them from thinning too much or bulging due to pressure accumulated between vertebras, especially when sitting.
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