Spinal Decompression and Back Pain Relief
Decompression, more formerly known as non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy, can relieve back pain and sciatica caused by bulging, herniated, and degenerative discs or facet syndrome. Decompression is also proven effective for patients suffering stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) or even post-surgical patients who aren’t feeling the effects of recovery. You may notice improvements from this relaxing, proven treatment after only the first few sessions.
People with traumatic spine injuries often avoid normal daily activities, but without proper treatment, pain will progressively worsen, resulting in decreased physical activity and gradual weakening of the supportive spinal muscles, leading to accelerated risk degeneration.
An effective program can be as few as a half-dozen treatments or could take as many as 30, but the relief is powerful. We’re talking about help for people who have spent YEARS suffering without getting the correct therapy or relying on painkillers to mask a problem that can be treated with a simple process that provides incredible results.
Decompression is NOT traction. It is a reduction of pressure on the disc and nerves that get pinched when discs sit too closely on top of one another or bone spurs grow on the spine. It is believed the mere separation of the discs enables fluid, oxygen, and nutrients to pass into the space between each disc, allow the healing process to occur without drugs, injections, or surgery.
HOW THE SPINE WORKS
Everyone thinks he or she can diagnose the cause of back pain, but here’s a little lesson you may not know: Back pain has many different causes. If it’s not joints or muscles, pain is often caused by irritated nerves, and that’s why it’s important to protect the spine.
Your spine is composed of 24 bones called verterbrae. In between each verterbra is a fibrous disc (annulus fibrosus) filled with a jelly-like substance (nucleus pulposus), which provides flexibility and cushioning to the spine.
The vertebrae protect the spinal cord, which runs through a tube at the back of the spine called the spinal canal. In the lower portion of the back, spinal nerves exit the spinal canal between the vertebrae and unite as they move down through the pelvis. Some of these spinal nerve join to become the sciatic nerves, which travel down through the buttocks, along the back and sides of the thighs and calves, and into the feet.
With such a dense network of nerves traveling throughout the back, it’s easy to see how great discomfort may be cause by a slight upset in the delicate architecture of the spine. Accidents and injury may damage discs and vertebrae, putting pressure on the nerves. This results in tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, or even sharp shooting pain.
BACK PROBLEMS TREATABLE WITH SPINAL DECOMPRESSION
Several ailments cause spine-related pain, and can be relieved by spinal decompression. They include:
Bulging and Herniated Discs:
The shock absorbers of the spine, discs undergo tremendous amount of stress. Bulging discs are caused when a weakening of the disc wall pushes the disc to bulge out and it presses painfully on surrounding nerves. Herniated discs occur when the pressure within a disc becomes too great, and it tears through the disc wall, allowing a portion of the nucleus pulposus to protrude. That nucleus pulposus then impinges on nerve roots, leading to numbness, tingling or muscle weakness.
Degenerative Disc Disease:
Degenerative disc disease is not technically a disease, but rather a state of disc dehydration and deterioration due to a combination of cumulative trauma, poor dietary and exercise habits, and aging. As discs degenerate, they become more prone to failure from physical stress, which may tear disc fibers and result in more complications, such as osteoarthritis, disc bulging, disc herniation, and stenosis.
Sciatica is the sensation of pain, tingling, or numbness in the buttocks and/or legs produced by an irritation of the sciatic nerve. The primary causes of sciatica are herniated, bulging or degenerated discs. Other causes include small, bony growths on the spine (bone spurs) or compression of the nerves through injury. In rare cases, the sciatic nerve may be irritated by conditions such as piriformis syndrome, tumors, or pregnancy.
Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal due to the encroachment of disc material or bony growths that squeeze and irritate the spinal cord and/or extending nerve roots. This can lead to pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs, feet, or buttocks. Spinal stenosis is commonly a contributing cause of sciatic symptoms.
Facet Syndrome, an inflammation of the facet joints is one of the lesser-known causes of back pain. Facets are the bony wing-like protrusions extending from the back of the vertebrae that align with facets on the vertebrae above and below. Facets function as guides for the spine and are not designed for bearing weight like the vertebrae and discs. At the point where the facets of two vertebrae meet are small ligaments that join corresponding facets together.
WHERE DID SPINAL DECOMPRESSION COME FROM?
This incredible process was discovered by Canadian doctor, Allan Dyer, a former deputy minister of health in Ontario. He is credited with inventing spinal decompression, but that wasn’t his first success. His early research served as the foundation for the development of the heart defibrillator.
He was not only a doctor, he was a patient who suffered a debilitating herniated disc, and he couldn’t find relief from conventional treatment. He cured himself by discovering that the pull tension on the spine created a vacuum within injured discs.
Dr. Dyer used his invention on himself in 1991, and has been walking pain-free ever since. Today, thousands of Spinal Decompression units operate throughout the world, treating tens of thousands of patients each day.
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