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Spinal Decompression Therapy in Ottawa: Back Pain & Concussion

Post-concussion syndrome goes beyond the brain and head.

Most anyone who’s ever suffered a concussion knows that the pain, discomfort and other concussion symptoms during recovery extend throughout the body.

In particular, the neck and spine can be greatly affected by concussion, amplifying the neck pain, head pain and even back pain associated with concussion.

As such, one of the more effective treatments for these concussion symptoms, addressing the neck and spine, is called “nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy.”

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The Background of Spinal Decompression Therapy: Concussion & Back Pain

x-ray of spineOne of the traditional treatments of back pain was traction.

If you’re of a certain age and have experienced moderate to severe back pain – due to back injury, concussion or other spinal issues – you’ve probably experienced spinal traction with some sort of contraption / setup or another.

Over the years we’ve learned a lot about spinal traction and its effectiveness for treating back pain. Essentially, the present-day iteration of traction is spinal decompression therapy.

What we’ve also learned is that it’s not just for traditional back pain. Spinal decompression has proven efficacious for the treatment of back pain and neck pain associated with post-concussion syndrome.

Spinal decompression therapy is a nonsurgical process that uses motorized traction to take pressure off the spinal discs (these are the ‘cushions’ for the vertebrae). Thanks to spinal decompression therapy, spinal nerves and other structures are relieved of some or much of the pressure that has been put on them.

Thus, spinal decompression therapy helps alleviate back pain, facilitating the process of healing the neck and spine.

Even better, no surgery is involved in spinal decompression therapy. It is

Spinal Decompression Therapy for Concussion Patients

p>patient undergoes spinal decompression treatmentHealing is especially important when treating neck pain and back pain associated with post-concussion syndrome.

The concussion patient is already experiencing a number of other concussion symptoms which, when occurring at once, can make one feel like it’s all too overwhelming.

And the last thing someone suffering from concussion would want to go through is surgery.

Thanks to spinal decompression treatment, concussion patients can continue their process of recovery and healing during post-concussion syndrome.

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Spinal Decompression Therapy for Long-Term Concussion Effects

patient undergoes spinal decompression treatmentLong after the other symptoms of concussion have dissipated, even after the concussion patient has begun to return to life as ‘normal’ (work, hobbies, exercise, etc.), back pain and/or neck pain could be present.

If you’ve experienced a concussion in the recent or even distant past, you may be more or less ‘healed’ but still be suffering from back pain or neck pain.

This is not unusual, the connection between the spine and head being quite profound.

But there’s no need to suffer. Spinal decompression therapy has proved effective for treatment of back pain and neck pain.

Spinal Decompression Therapy in Ottawa

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