Does Decompression Therapy Help with Back and Neck Pain?

Patient treating back pain with spinal decompression therapy Jul1st 2021

Spinal Decompression Therapy May Be Your Solution To Pain Management

The spine iѕ a complex system. Because thе nerves within your spinal cord weave thrоugh mаnу structures, it саn bе difficult tо locate where back pain originates. Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical option used to treat patients with bulging discs, herniated discs, lower back pain, neck pain, and other conditions. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, the experts at OSR Physical Therapy can implement decompression treatments to help you get on the path to long-lasting pain relief.

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal Decompression Therapy is the process of gently stretching your spine to relieve pressure from the vertebrae. Releasing tension in your spine creates space for possible bulging or herniated discs to retract. As the pressure subsides, spinal fluid, oxygen, and nutrients can flow freely and help your discs heal.

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During this chiropractic treatment, you first secure a harness around your pelvis and another around your torso. Lying either face down or face up on a computer-controlled table, your certified physical therapist customizes the treatment to your specific needs.

The magnitude of pulling force, duration of each session, and the targeted area are discussed during your initial evaluation. Oftentimes, the length of treatment depends on your specific ailment, level of pain, and whether or not you’ve received this form of therapy before.

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Can Decompression Therapy Alleviate my Neck & Back Pain?

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is part of a comprehensive treatment plan aimed to address back pain at its core. It can help patients who suffer from a range of debilitating ailments:

While spinal decompression can help give you control over your body, the pain can return without an improvement in strength and flexibility. Because of this, it’s most effective when accompanied by other treatments, including massage therapy, hot/cold therapy, or core flexibility strength training.

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What Are the Benefits of  Decompression Therapy?

This form of therapy is popular because it successfully alleviates pain, is non-invasive, and requires no downtime for recovery. It can also be a safer alternative to surgery or opioids, and treatment is personalized to accommodate age group, health level, and pain tolerance. 
Decompression therapy for neck and back pain can be an effective and long-term pain management solution. If you’d like to hear more about the benefits of decompression therapy, schedule an appointment at one of our eight OSR Physical Therapy locations around the valley.

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Am I A Candidate For Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Deciding if spinal decompression therapy is right for you depends on how much you want to invest in the health of your spine. If you have damaged spinal roots, spinal joints, chronic back pain, or degenerative disc disease—you may benefit from neck decompression. 

However, stretching the spine to relieve back or neck pain is not the appropriate solution for some patients. The following groups of people are not good candidates for non-surgical spinal decompression:

  • Patients who are pregnant
  • Patients with broken vertebrae
  • Patients who’ve had spinal fusion
  • Patients with an artificial disc or other spinal implants
  • Patients with failed back surgery

Overall, spinal decompression should be thought of as part of a comprehensive treatment program that provides the potential to live a discomfort-free life. It may not be for everyone, but it can be your solution to long-term pain relief. 

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Learn How OSR Physical Therapy Can Help You

Discomfort presents itself at different times and in many cases is triggered by certain activities. That’s why OSR Physical Therapy has a variety of successful and advanced pain management solutions, including spinal decompression therapy. Our certified experts are happy to answer your questions, discuss potential treatment plans, or recommend other personalized therapeutic solutions.  Don’t let pain get you down. Schedule a consultation at one of our OSR Physical Therapy locations and see how we can help alleviate your neck and back pain.

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