At some point in our lives, we will all experience back pain. Whether it's from an injury or just normal wear and tear, there aren't many of us that will escape mild to severe back pain.

But it's not all that bad. Most back pain will go away on its own.

And if it doesn't, there are things that can be done to remedy your back pain that doesn't involve surgery or prescription painkillers.

Admittedly, some severe back problems will require surgery. But for most of us, surgery is an absolute last resort.

Many spinal conditions can be treated with nonsurgical spinal decompression.

To top it all off, spinal decompression therapy won't plunge you into medical debt like surgeries can.

If you're experiencing back pain, is spinal decompression right for you? What exactly is spinal decompression?

We'll answer those questions in the article below.

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What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical traction therapy that can relieve back pain. It can also help with leg and arm pain.

The therapy uses a traction table to stretch the spine, so any pinched nerves or bulging discs can normalize.

The traction and decompression create an ideal healing environment for bulging and herniated discs that produce pain.

When your spine is decompressed, it creates space, relieving pressure and allowing your discs to return to where it belongs.

The therapy cycles through phases of distraction and relaxation.

With proper positioning, an effected spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect.

When this happens, two things are accomplished.

First, disc material that has herniated can be pulled back into the disc.

And when the vacuum stimulates the growth of blood supply, it produces a healing response in your body.

This leads to reduced levels of pain, and it allows your back to heal.

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How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

If you're suffering from back pain that can be treated with spinal decompression therapy, you can visit a chiropractor for your treatments.

During your treatment, you will remain clothed and lie on special decompression tables.

The table is motorized, allowing the lower half to move.

You will have a harness placed around your hips and attached to the lower table near your feet.

The upper part of the table remains still while the lower part slides back and forth, providing traction and relaxation.

The main difference between the various decompression therapies is the patient's position on the table.

Sometimes you will be in the prone position, or face down. Or you could be in the supine position, or face up.

You shouldn't feel any pain when the treatment is finished, but you should feel a nice stretch in your spine.

In rare cases, neck and arm pain can feel worse after treatment.

If that happens, let your chiropractor know so the therapy can be stopped.

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spinal decompression has proven to provide relief for back pain

Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy has been used for years, and its longevity is the first sign that it does work.

There are also countless people worldwide who swear by the treatments.

Nonsurgical Spinal decompression therapy is excellent for people who have been told that there is "nothing wrong," or that the pain should "just go away."

It can effectively treat a herniated disc, bulging disc, degenerative disc, facet syndrome, sciatica, lower back pain, and spinal stenosis.

Although there haven't been extensive studies done on the subject, the results from the studies that have been done are favorable.

It's been proven to be a natural alternative to drugs and surgery, and it is much safer.

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Speak To A Chiropractor About Spinal Decompression

Deciding if you're a good candidate for nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy will depend on several factors.

If you've had pain in your back for as long as you can remember, and nothing else has worked, it will definitely be worth your time to give spinal decompression therapy a shot.

If you have doctors recommending surgery, it may be a good alternative for you so you don't have to go under the knife.

If you can't seem to shake your pain since a traumatic event like a car accident, it may be for you as well.

Spinal decompression should be part of a comprehensive treatment plan developed by your chiropractor that will allow you to live back pain-free.

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Contact Jefferson Spine and Injury

If you're suffering from chronic pain and don't have a chiropractor, contact Jefferson Spine and Injury Center today so you can begin your chiropractic care.

The chiropractors at Jefferson Spine and Injury have years of experience in their community treating neck pain and back and low back pain, and they are prepared to help you.

They will go over your medical history and perform a physical exam to determine which treatments would be best to include in your pain management treatment plan.

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Dr. Holcombe

Written by Dr. Holcombe