Spinal Decompression FAQsBack and neck pain is among the most common medical complaints from both men and women, and a lot of those symptoms are related to compressed nerves in and around the spine. At Chiropractic First in Wyoming, MI, Dr. James Heath uses spinal decompression to relieve many types of back and neck pain, stimulating natural healing to help prevent painful symptoms from recurring.

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a medical technique that uses steady, gentle pressure to slowly stretch the spine, eliminating nerve compressions and other issues that can cause considerable pain and other symptoms. During treatment, you’ll lie on a comfortable table supported by sort straps. As you relax, the table will slowly move, gently stretching your spine. Our spinal decompression table is controlled by Dr. Heath using a special computer for optimal relief of painful symptoms.

When does a chiropractor use spinal decompression?

Your chiropractor may recommend spinal decompression to treat issues like back pain, neck pain, and pain caused by disc issues, including sciatica (lower back pain that extends into the legs) and cervical radiculopathy (neck pain that radiates into the shoulders and upper back). In people with herniated or slipped discs, spinal decompression treatments performed by a skilled chiropractor can even help avoid the need for invasive spine surgery. Spinal decompression is often combined with other techniques like therapeutic exercises to enhance healing.

How does spinal decompression help with herniated disc pain?

Spinal decompression helps relieve herniated disc symptoms in two primary ways:

  • First, by gently stretching the spine, spinal decompression restores the space normally occupied by the disc, enabling the disc to resume its usual position between the vertebrae. That means the disc will no longer be pressing against nerves, so local and radiating symptoms will resolve.
  • And second, when spinal decompression gently widens the spaces between the vertebrae, it creates a mild vacuum that “sucks in” oxygen-rich blood and other nutrients important for the natural healing process. Plus, it helps restore the natural fluid balance in the disc.

Will I need more than one treatment session?

That depends on a lot of factors, including your symptoms, what’s causing them, and other considerations. Dr. Heath will be able to make that determination following your exam and discuss your recommended plan of therapy during your office visit.

Does spinal decompression hurt?

No – in fact, many patients report spinal decompression is a relaxing experience, and some even doze while lying on the table during treatment.

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The chiropractic team at Chiropractic First is focused on using advanced, patient-centered techniques to promote natural healing by treating the whole patient, not just individual symptoms. Our office features state-of-the-art decompression equipment designed to achieve optimal results, using a customized approach that can be tailored to the unique needs of each patient. To find out more about spinal decompression or to learn about any of the other treatments we offer, call Chiropractic First at 616-538-1780 and take advantage of our new patient special: Your first visit at our Wyoming location is just $37, including your exam, X-rays and personalized consultation. Call today and start enjoying a healthier, pain-free life.