Does spinal decompression hurt?

Does spinal decompression hurt?

Most patients find that non-surgical spinal decompression is a painless procedure

Suppose you suffer from pain caused by a bulging or herniated disc, degenerative disease, sciatica or spinal stenosis. In that case, you might be wondering if there is anything you can do to relieve the constant discomfort.

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment that works by reducing pressure inside the discs and separating injured spinal segments. It’s often a useful option for those suffering from neck and back pain as it typically provides relief after just a few sessions.

However, does the therapy hurt? And is it suitable for me? Find the answers below!

What does the treatment involve?

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy makes use of motorized traction, which gently stretches the spine. This stretching movement helps to take some pressure off the spinal discs and promotes the movement of water, oxygen and nutrients into the discs, allowing them to heal.

Spinal decompression therapy can be performed for the treatment of back and neck pain caused by several issues, including:

  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Posterior facet syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Spinal stenosis

It is often an effective treatment for individuals who suffer from non-specified mechanical lower back or neck pain.

Does spinal decompression hurt?

When performed by an experienced and qualified professional with state-of-the-art equipment, spinal decompression is very comfortable. If you choose to undergo spinal decompression, you can expect to feel a stretching sensation, and some patients find the therapy to be quite relaxing.

You will likely begin to feel relief from pressure, pain and discomfort after just a few sessions of your treatment. If you feel uncomfortable at all during the treatment session, let your chiropractor know so that they can make any necessary adjustments.

Is spinal decompression suitable for everyone?

Although many people can benefit from spinal decompression, it’s essential to know that it is not a suitable treatment for everyone. Individuals with the following are generally not appropriate:

  • Metal implants in the spine (these patients are not suitable)
  • Spinal fractures
  • Tumours
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Advanced osteoporosis

How can we help?

At Modern Chiropractic & Pain Relief, we use a system called SpineMED to perform spinal decompression. The procedure does not cause any discomfort and does not involve the use of any drugs, harnesses, ropes or traction components.

Instead, the bulky harnesses and traction components associated with older decompression devices have been replaced with very advanced computerized controls. These controls have been designed to target and decompress injured spinal segments with increased precision and less distractive force.

The SpineMED system can be used to treat a range of issues, including bulging and herniated discs, radiating leg pain, numbness in the arms, sciatica, spinal stenosis and disc degeneration.

Besides spinal decompression, the team at Modern Chiropractic & Pain Relief also offers a wide range of other treatments designed to provide relief from pain. To find out more about these services, click here.

If you would like to make an appointment to see us and find out more about spinal decompression therapy or any of the other treatments that we provide, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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