Spinal Decompression for Pain Relief
Chiropractic medicine utilizes non-invasive techniques and a whole body approach to heal the structures of the body and return it to a state where it can heal itself. Spinal decompression therapy is one of these techniques. Advanced Chiropractic provides this and other chiropractic services to the people of the greater Klamath Falls OR area.
Musculoskeletal injury and dysfunction are among the most common complaints treated by chiropractors. One of the causes of these conditions is spinal compression.
What is spinal compression? We are so glad that you asked!
What is Spinal Compression?
The human spine is comprised of several structures that work together in an intricate and delicate design. At its core is the spinal cord which contains all the nerve endings carrying signals to and from the brain surrounded by the cooperative yet independent vertebrae of the spine. These 33 vertebrae run from the base of the skull to the tailbone and are comprised of three regions: cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), and thoracic (lower back).
Spinal compression occurs when something puts pressure on the spinal cord causing it to become “pinched” or compressed. This leads to dysfunction in the nerves that causes weakness, loss of flexibility, numbness, cramping, and pain that is often described as burning in nature. These symptoms can present in the back, neck, or the extremities.
Some of the most common causes of spinal compression include:
- A curvature of the spine such as scoliosis
- Traumatic injury
- Arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Herniated discs
- Certain bone diseases
Chiropractic Spinal Decompression
Chiropractic spinal decompression is a non-invasive way to relieve the pain and other symptoms associated with compressed nerves. It is a type of motorized traction that works by gently stretching the spine to relieve pressure and allow the vertebrae to be properly aligned. Once proper alignment is achieved, the flow of nutrient-rich fluids and oxygen is improved which, in turn, improves the body’s ability to heal itself.
Spinal Decompression with Our Chiropractor in Richmond
The vast majority of spinal compression can be relieved without needing surgical intervention. Spinal decompression therapy at the hands of a licensed chiropractor is one of the best methods to achieve that non-invasive relief. In addition, conditions such as posterior facet syndrome, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and scoliosis can also be relieved with spinal decompression therapy.
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