THE CONCUSSION BLOG

Spinal Decompression Therapy: Modern, Non-Surgical Back Pain Treatment

Chronic back pain afflicts millions of Canadians.

Bulging, herniated or degenerating discs in the spine end up being felt as back pain and/or neck pain, or even pain in the limbs.

For many years, the options to treat such spinal issues have typically been seen as either (a) traditional spinal traction, or (b) back surgery.

In more recent years a novel approach has come into use, called spinal decompression therapy.

Read on to find out how spinal decompression incorporates traditional traction methods but delivers better results, and how spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive alternative to back surgery.

How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?

spinal decompression table and patientIf you’re familiar with traditional spinal traction methods, where the person suffering back pain and/or neck pain has their spinal pressure alleviated through hanging and decompressive force on the spine, then spinal decompression will involve a familiar principle.

Spinal decompression therapy takes pressure off the spine and improves mobility in nerve structures, spinal joints and/or muscle.

The spinal decompression table used by chiropractors (and chiropractic neurologists such as those here at Broadview Spine & Health Centre in Ottawa) takes the process even further. This modern device is more effective in stretching the spine through upper body and lower body movements.

xray of spine and backPatients are stabilized on the spinal decompression table with straps and a harness, and can be propped with pillows as well. This helps place and keep the spine in the proper position for spinal decompression.

Most patients find the spinal decompression therapy process comfortable.

Another plus for spinal decompression tables is their technological advancement over traditional spinal traction. Spinal decompression tables use an advanced, computerized process to creative negative pressure in the spine. The discs in the spine reposition or retract during this spinal decompression process, and the lower pressure in the spine has been found to have a healing effect.

Who Can Benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Practically anyone who suffers from back pain, neck pain, leg pain and/or arm pain as a result of bulging or herniated discs in the spine can be a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy.

spinal decompression patient

If you have found that other spinal treatments have not worked and are facing the last resort of back surgery, why not find out whether spinal decompression could be an effective option for you – without having to go through surgery and all its effects.

Please note that spinal decompression therapy is generally not advised for people with cetain conditions, including the following:

  • Spinal fusion
  • Metastasized cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Broken vertebrae
  • Pregnancy
  • Spinal tumor(s)

The best way to find out whether spinal decompression therapy is right for you is to get in touch with Broadview Spine & Health Centre in Ottawa today.

We are a trusted leader in spinal decompression therapy in Ottawa, as well as other treatments of the spine and neck. Our chiropractic neurological approach to non-surgical treatment has been effective in thousands of patients, and our care team at Broadview takes pride in providing highly effective spinal treatments and great service with a smile.

Contact us today to find out more and book your appointment for spinal decompression therapy in Ottawa.

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