What is spinal decompression?

Chiropractors often use spinal compression therapy as part of an effective treatment for patients suffering from back pain. Non-invasive treatments are an effective way to treat chronic back pain.

What is spinal decompression?

Bad posture, injury, or wear and tear on the muscles and joints can cause pain that makes it difficult to move and complete tasks. Pain medication can cause problems with movement, especially if it’s chronic or persistent.

Spinal decompression refers to a technique that “lifts”¬†pressure from the spine’s nerves. The chiropractor can do gentle back flexing as well as adjustments to relieve pain in the spine.

Spinal decompression

Who can receive spinal decompression therapy?

The non-invasive chiropractic treatment approach to spinal decompression makes it safe for all patients. The approach to the spine with babies and seniors is gentle and gradual.

What conditions are used by chiropractors for non-surgical spinal decompression?

Chiropractic doctors use the neurological spinal decompression treatment to manage, but not limit themselves to, the following conditions:

Facet joint syndrome

When a patient feels pain in their spine, called facet joint syndrome, it can affect the vertebrae and the cushioning between them. The facet syndromes can be lumbar, cervical, or thoracic.

Slip-discs with herniated discs

This is the term that describes the swelling of the soft inner portions of the spinal bones along the spine. It can cause excessive back pain or neck pain. Patients who have a herniated disk can experience a restriction in the normal motion of the spine. The affected nerves can cause tingling or weakness.


Sciatica is a condition that causes pain along the nerves running down the back of the legs. Sometimes it can affect both legs simultaneously. This can make walking difficult, so chiropractors may recommend spinal decompression or another type of spinal adjustment.

How are chiropractors trained to treat spinal or neurological decompression?

A chiropractor can perform spinal decompression on patients in many ways. Sometimes, electrical currents can be used to contract and stimulate the muscles affected by pain.

Heat is another piece of equipment that chiropractors may use when they want to decompress the spine. An ultrasound-like machine is required to generate heat in the area. Another option is cold therapy to decompress the spine.

What should I do next?

You may need spinal decompression therapy if you suffer from persistent neck pain or back pain. This treatment is an effective and non-invasive method to manage and cope with your pain. Talk to your chiropractor to get advice and schedule a consultation to determine the best treatment for your back and spine.

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