About 80% of people are dealing with back discomfort at some point in their lives and Dr. Dahlager in Noblesville is here to help. Most individuals feel the occasional soreness or ache, but for others, the pain is more persistent. If you’re experiencing back problems that doesn’t seem to stop, it may be time to try spinal decompression treatment.
Spinal decompression therapy is a type of mechanical traction that works by lightly stretching the spine. This type of treatment is non-surgical and gentle, making it a great choice for individuals who want to keep away from surgery or who have already tried other conservative treatments without success. Spinal decompression can help reduce back problems caused by herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and sciatica.
Spinal decompression works by carefully extending the spine. This type of traction relieves the pressure on your discs and nerve roots, which can help lessen pain. The stretch also helps to promote the movement of water, oxygen and nutrients into your discs so they can feel better.
Spinal decompression is often done using a motorized machine that gradually pulls on your spine while you lie down on a comfortable table. During the treatment, you’ll be fitted with a harness around your pelvis and another around your chest. The therapist will then adjust the settings on the machine according to your needs.
A lot of folks report feeling relaxed during the process and some even fall asleep. Each session will last about 30-45 minutes and typically men and women need 10-20 sessions for maximum relief.
Absolutely! Spinal decompression is a non-surgical, light treatment option for back pain. However, as with any medical treatment, there are some risks involved. The most regular side effect of spinal decompression is light tenderness in the treated area after each session. This tenderness usually goes away within 24 hours. In very rare cases, patients may experience headaches or nausea during treatment.
Most studies have shown that spinal decompression therapy is helpful in managing back issues. One study found that 78% of patients who underwent spinal decompression therapy reported significant improvements in their symptoms.
If you live in Noblesville and you're struggling with back issues, spinal decompression therapy might be a good treatment alternative for you. If you'd like to learn more, give our office a call today!