Are You A Candidate for Spinal Decompression?
Spinal Decompression is a traction-based technology practiced by Dr. Brad Bourne of Littleton Chiropractic in Littleton & Columbine. It works best for individuals that are suffering from spinal disc compression due to bulging or ruptured disks caused by aging, disease or injury. An excellent example of an individual who might benefit from the treatment is someone who has sustained whiplash in the neck and months later finally is experiencing symptoms such as neck pain, shoulder pain and tingling in the fingers. These symptoms are the result of the spongy intervertebral discs clamping against misaligned bony vertebrae and pressing on nerves extending from the spinal cord.
Although spinal decompression in Littleton and Columbine is a great option for many sufferers of chronic neck and back pain, it is not recommended for individuals with spinal fractures, spinal tumors, or osteoporosis. You must be 18 years or older to receive this treatment, and pregnant women do not qualify. Often a full physical examination is required beforehand to make sure that you are a suitable candidate for spinal decompression.
HOW DOES DECOMPRESSION IN LITTLETON & COLUMBINE RELIEVE BACK PAIN?
Spinal compression helps relieve the pressure that results when the spine’s intervertebral discs and vertebra collapse in on each other, pinching nerves and causing chronic pain. The condition also often knocks the entire spine out of alignment causing problems with gait, balance, and blood circulation. Dr. Bourne in Littleton & Columbine uses computer technology, x-rays, and manual diagnosis to determine where the discs and vertebrae of the spine mesh together improperly.
Gentle mechanical traction is then applied to gently pull apart the compacted vertebra and spongy intervertebral disks that are normally cushioned away from each other. This elongation of the spinal column allows blood to circulate to the formerly compressed area, which, in turn, will enable it to be nourished, hydrated and healed. To give you a visual idea of how this works; an unhealthy spine looks like a closed accordion, with all of its segments clamping down on each other but a healthy one looks an extended accordion, with each segment plump and cushioning each other.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A SPINAL DECOMPRESSION TREATMENT?
The expert clinical chiropractic team at Littleton Chiropractic in Littleton & Columbine will always make sure that you know what to expect during every stage of the treatment. The procedure requires that you lie down on a table fastened to a harness in a way that pulls your hips away from your head. This traction is mild and slow, and most people feel nothing, but a slight pulling sensation. Some people experience mild twitching, cramping or a bit of dizziness during the traction, but that is often the result of trapped blood vessels circulating blood to nerves near the decompressed spinal disks. Rest assured that the technology is equipped with a Stop button if at any point you feel too uncomfortable to proceed.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN?
If you want to relieve your back pain entirely, it is recommended that you get at least twenty sessions scheduled five days a week and then tapering down to twice a week for 8-12 weeks. Aggressive daily treatment is recommended at first to truly train the spine into a new position that the muscles will support so that the spinal disks do not clamp down on each other again. Each treatment typically lasts about 30 minutes, and studies have shown that 88.9% of people who embark on an intensive course of non-surgical disc compression experience substantial relief.
To find out if you are a good candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression, call the experts at Littleton Chiropractic at 303-346-8362. Our experts in Littleton & Columbine, CO will provide a thorough assessment and recovery plan for your back pain.
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