Relieve your winter back pain with spinal decompression
With Christmas fast approaching, the preparation for the holiday season is in full swing. As we go through the motions, we tend to get caught up in the excitement and ignore the physical toll it takes on our bodies. It’s important to acknowledge that holiday preparation is a physically demanding job. Too much bending, hours of lifting and standing on your feet can result in terrible back pain which can take several months to heal. Not to mention the abnormal stretching we do to get that star on the top of the Christmas Tree and the outdoor lights in working order.
Aside from that, the cold weather alone can trigger back pain. Winter is a period of prolonged rest with little or no physical activity. Have you ever wondered why your existing back pain gets even worse during the winter? It’s because you are stuck indoors due to the chilling cold weather. As we spend most of our time at home, our body muscles become weak and stiff due to bad posture and hours of sitting.
In North America, back pain is a significant health problem affecting over 80% of the population. It’s one of the most debilitating and frustrating ailments. Remember that neglecting your back pain today could turn it into a lifelong back problem. It’s important to take good care of our spine as it is fundamentally important in helping us stay strong and straight. As many of us have experienced, when you are having constant back or neck pain, it makes it almost impossible to maintain a healthy active lifestyle.
We understand that it can be a challenge to find the right treatment that will address your specific needs. Spinal decompression is an easy, non-invasive and drug-free treatment that can help you relieve your back pain without making you go through the trauma of a surgery. Besides relieving your back pain, it also heals your entire body so that you are able to perform other activities with more vigour and zero risks.
What is spinal decompression therapy?
Spinal decompression is designed to relieve back pain. It involves using mechanical spinal traction to stretch the spine. The procedure is performed by a chiropractor using a traction table or similar motorized device. It’s non-invasive compared to other surgical spine decompression procedures such as laminectomy or microdiscectomy. Spinal decompression can be used to relieve pain in the back, neck or leg.
How does spinal decompression heal the body?
Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine to create space and traction between the vertebrae. Separating the bones and joints releases pressure on the nerves which helps heal different types of back pains and issues. This also promotes the flow of water, oxygen and other nutrients to the injured area helping it heal quicker.
What happens in a spinal decompression session?
During the session with a chiropractor, the patient is strapped to a computerized table while fully clothed. Depending on the injury, the patient will be asked to lay either face-up or down. There will be one harness going around the hips and another one going around the torso. The chiropractor will adjust the machine to gently stretch the spine. Depending on the injury, it can take more than one session for the patient to recover fully. A session can last up to 45 minutes and the total number of sessions can range from 15 to 30 over a 6 week period. Unlike surgery, patients can go back to a healthy life without requiring any painkillers.
Who can qualify for spinal decompression therapy?
Spinal decompression can be used to heal a variety of back issues. It’s commonly used to treat patients who are suffering from neck pain, bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and nerve injuries.
What are the side effects of spinal decompression?
There is very little risk associated with spinal decompression. The most common side effect is a muscle spasm. It can happen if the back is stretched more than what the body is accustomed to. If this happens, your doctor should be notified immediately so that sessions can be adjusted accordingly.
Contraindications to Spinal Decompression:
- Metallic spinal implants (bolts, plates, screws)
- Fresh disc surgery (less than 6 mos)
- Severe bony stenosis
- Severe osteoporosis
- Grade II or greater spondylolisthesis
- Cancer or tumors of the spine
- Infection of the spine
- Aortic aneurysm repair
- Inability to lie flat
Long-term benefits of spinal decompression.
In the long term, spinal decompression helps the spine to heal, reverse the effects of bulging or herniated discs and take pressure off the of the peripheral nerves. Providing you with a non-invasive, medication-free alternative to living with less pain from a neck or back issue.
How well does spinal decompression work?
There is growing evidence that spinal decompression is an effective method for treating back pain. The Canadian Chiropractic Association and Canadian Chiropractor have conducted a significant number of studies to demonstrate why spinal decompression should be considered as the primary treatment before undergoing surgery.
Consult your chiropractor.
At Taylor Wellness & Chiropractic Clinics, our non-surgical spinal decompression creates an optimal healing environment for relieving neck, back or leg pain. It’s one of our most advanced treatments. Our team is skilled at diagnosing and treating all kinds of chronic pains. Dr. Taylor also performs non-invasive neurological scans for a thorough investigation to monitor the nerve supply to muscles.
We firmly believe that your back plays a pivotal role in your overall well-being. Consult us to find out more about how spinal decompression can help you. Remember that no pain is so big that it should consume your life or ruin your holiday decorating day.