If you suffer from chronic neck pain, you may wonder if non-surgical spinal decompression can help. This treatment option is becoming increasingly popular as more people look for surgery alternatives. But does it work? Let’s take a look at the evidence.
As a general rule, spinal decompression therapy aims to alleviate neck pain through a controlled stretching process. It works by expanding the disc spaces, creating a vacuum-like effect, at 22–30 lbs. of force, that attracts vital nutrients, fluids, and disc material back into the proper position within the disc.
How Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Works
Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment that uses gentle, controlled traction to stretch the spine and relieve pressure on the discs and nerves. This type of traction is different from the type of traction that is used in chiropractic adjustments or physical therapy.
The goal of non-surgical spinal decompression is to take pressure off the discs and nerves in your spine so they can heal. This type of traction is usually done with a machine that your doctor or therapist will control. You will be lying down on a table, and the machine will slowly pull on your spine.
Does Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Work?
There is some evidence to suggest that non-surgical spinal decompression can be effective in treating neck pain. A study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research found that patients who underwent this treatment significantly reduced their pain levels compared to those who did not receive treatment.
Another study published in The Spine Journal found that patients who underwent non-surgical spinal decompression experienced significant improvements in their symptoms, including reduced pain and improved function, compared to those who did not receive treatment.
A third study, published in Pain Physician, found that patients who underwent this treatment significantly improved their symptoms compared to those who did not receive treatment.
How do I know if I need spinal decompression?
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms in your neck or back, spinal decompression may be beneficial: chronic pain, radiating arm or leg pain, numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, stiffness and soreness, weakness in the arms or legs, a herniated disc, sciatica, degenerative disc disease. It is important to speak with your doctor before undergoing any type of spinal decompression. A medical professional can perform an assessment to determine if this treatment modality is right for you.
Spinal decompression is designed to relieve pressure on compressed vertebrae in order to allow healing and reduce inflammation. It works by gently stretching the spine using traction machines which causes an increase in blood flow to the spinal structures, allowing for an increase in nutrient and oxygen delivery. This can help reduce pain and inflammation, as well as improve mobility.
What is the success rate of spinal decompression therapy?
The success rate of spinal decompression therapy is highly dependent on the individual and their condition. Research has shown that in certain cases, such as disc herniation or sciatica, it can be beneficial. The success rate for other conditions may vary. It is important to work with your doctor to determine if spinal decompression is right for you, based on your health history and current condition.
You will also need to discuss any risks involved before undergoing treatment.
With that said, many people experience a great deal of relief from chronic pain after undergoing spinal decompression therapy. If done correctly and under the supervision of a qualified professional, this type of treatment can be an effective way to provide long-term relief from back and neck pain.
Is Decompression good for the neck?
Yes, spinal decompression can be beneficial for neck pain. Spinal decompression works to reduce pressure on the compressed vertebrae in the neck, allowing for healing and reducing inflammation. It can also help increase blood flow which delivers essential nutrients and oxygen to the area, aiding with recovery and helping to improve mobility.
It is important to speak with your doctor before undergoing any type of spinal decompression therapy. They will be able to assess your condition and determine if it is right for you. Additionally, they can discuss any risks associated with this treatment modality so you can make an informed decision about whether or not it is appropriate for you.
How often should you decompress your neck?
Spinal decompression can be an effective way to reduce chronic neck pain. However, it is important to speak with your doctor about whether this modality is right for you before starting any treatment plan. They will be able to provide you with more information about how often you should receive treatments in order to optimize their efficacy.
If you are suffering from chronic neck pain, you may want to consider trying non-surgical spinal decompression. This treatment option is becoming increasingly popular as more and more people look for alternatives to surgery, and there is some evidence to suggest that it can be effective. Talk to one of our chiropractors or physical therapists to see if this treatment might be right for you.
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