When scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor, it can be challenging to know the kind of treatment to ask for. You’ve heard about chiropractic adjustments. But did you know there’s another noninvasive technique that can also relieve pain or irritation?
It’s known as spinal decompression therapy. It can treat several health conditions, including:
In between every vertebra that makes up your spine is an outer fibrous ring surrounding an inner gel-like center. These cartilaginous joints are called vertebral discs. They act as your spine’s shock absorbers. The discs also serve as tough ligaments holding your vertebrae together. Sometimes, these small cushions become injured. Herniated discs can be caused by certain activities like lifting weights or playing sports. Herniation occurs when an outer band of cartilage surrounding your spine’s cervical discs is compromised. This causes the gel-like substance to leak out. Among all the health problems that call for spinal decompression therapy, herniated discs are the most common.
As you age, your vertebral discs start to dehydrate. These cause the round, cartilaginous joints they’re composed of to stiffen and bulge around them. A bulging disc doesn’t necessarily impact the entire circumference of the disc. It often affects half or quarter of its outer layer. Both herniated and bulging discs can cause pain in the back and legs as well as a tingling sensation. Numbness is also common, as is the loss or limited range of motion. But these symptoms are more prevalent in herniated discs. Since the disc is typically better contained by bulging discs, they’re likely to cause compressed or irritated nerves.
This condition is one of the effects of aging, particularly on your spine and intervertebral discs. Degenerative discs are also linked to back injuries. However, aging would already have caused your discs to become weak. Your discs lose their water content and become thin over the years. This affects their shape and strength. Spinal decompression treats the condition by reducing the pressure in the disc space, restoring balance. The therapy involves using a unique machine to apply gentle force to decompress the injured vertebral discs. Spinal decompression provides immediate back pain relief.
Do you suffer from shooting pain that travels down your arms, legs, and even buttocks? You may have a pinched nerve. As you know, motor commands leave your brain, travel down your spine, and follow the nerve paths to their final destinations. Sensory input then travels from the outside of your body through your spine and back to your brain for processing. These long spinal nerves can get pinched, compressed, or trapped along the way. There are numerous causes of pinched nerves. These include problems associated with weight and obesity or stress from poor work ergonomics. The pressure on your nerves may also be due to rheumatoid arthritis development or traumatic injury from a car or sports-related accident.
Do you need help reshaping and rehydrating your spinal discs? At Jassy Chiropractic Center, we can help create a treatment plan to ease your pain and improve your quality of life.
To learn more about the benefits of spinal decompression therapy, contact Jassy Chiropractic Center in Midlothian, VA at (804) 379-1145.