If you’ve been struggling with chronic back pain, the last thing you want to do is add to your discomfort through invasive treatments. Thankfully, there are painless and effective therapies that work with your musculoskeletal structure to remedy the problem, such as decompression therapy.
At Magnolia Medical Center, our team specializes in back pain, and we prefer to address (and solve) the problem using an integrated approach that emphasizes the restoration of function naturally. Instead of using medications to mask the issue or invasive therapies that can create more pain and add risk, we turn to treatments like decompression therapy, which address the underlying source of your back pain.
Here’s a look at how nonsurgical decompression therapy can remedy your chronic back pain.
The road to chronic back pain
When we talk about decompression therapy as a solution for chronic back pain, we’re referring to conditions that compress your spine and irritate the highly sensitive nerves and nerve roots in the area.
Your spine is made of 23 vertebrae that are separated by 23 discs, which provide critical cushioning and shock absorption between your vertebrae. Not only does your spine act as the foundational support for your entire musculoskeletal structure, it also provides passage for your nervous system. This is why back pain can crop up so easily: The sheer number of nerves that branch out from, and run through, your spine, means there’s ample opportunity for nerve compression issues to develop.
One of the primary culprits is arthritis in your spine. This chronic inflammation affects the spinal joints. As these joints break down, they can compress or pinch the surrounding nerves in your spine.
As well, degenerative disc disease can lead to chronic back pain. Injury and trauma can weaken the spinal discs and they become less spongy and more brittle. This means they can collapse and herniate or bulge. When a disc bulges from its intended space along your spine, it often encounters nerves, which is what causes the pain.
Relieving the pressure through decompression
The goal behind our decompression therapy is to apply traction to your spine to restore positioning and the natural flow of resources.
When you come in, we place you on a special decompression table where we attach a harness to your hips. The traction table then pulls your lower body gently and intermittently to stretch your spine, which accomplishes several objectives, including:
- Creating negative pressure in your discs to encourage them to retract
- Reducing the pressure inside your discs to free up the flow of healing resources
- Relieving the pressure on compromised nerves
As you can see, with our decompression therapy, we not only address the underlying cause of your back pain — the spinal compression — but we can also relieve your symptoms by releasing the pressure on your nerves.