Spinal Decompression Therapy Effective for Relieving Back Discomfort

Spinal Decompression Therapy Helps Relieve Low Back Problems in Livermore

Approximately 80 percent of Americans are dealing with back problems at some point in their lives and Haque Chiropractic Inc. in Livermore is here to help. Most patients feel the occasional pinch or pain, but for some of us, the issues is more long-standing. If you’re feeling back problems that doesn’t seem to go away, it may be time to try spinal decompression treatment.

Spinal decompression therapy is a type of mechanical traction that works by lightly extending the spine. This type of therapy is non-surgical and gentle, making it a great alternative for folks who want to keep away from surgery or who have already tried other conservative treatments without success. Spinal decompression can help ease back discomfort caused by herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and sciatica.

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal decompression works by slowly extending the spine. This type of traction relieves the pressure on your discs and nerve roots, which can help decrease discomfort. The stretch also helps to increase the movement of water, oxygen and nutrients into your discs so they can feel better.

Spinal decompression is usually done using a motorized machine that carefully pulls on your spine as you lie down on a comfortable table. During the treatment, you’ll be fitted with a harness around your pelvis and another around your chest. The therapist will then alter the settings on the machine to fit your needs.

Quite a few people report feeling relaxed during the treatment and some even fall asleep. Each session will last about 30-45 minutes and typically men and women need 10-20 sessions for maximum relief.

Is Spinal Decompression Safe?

Yes! Spinal decompression is a non-surgical, gradual treatment option for back pain. However, as with any medical treatment, there are some risks involved. The most frequent side effect of spinal decompression is mild tenderness in the treated area after each session. This soreness usually goes away within 24 hours. In very rare cases, patients may experience headaches or nausea during treatment.

Most studies have shown that spinal decompression therapy is effective in helping back discomfort. One study found that 78% of people who underwent spinal decompression therapy reported significant improvements in their symptoms.

If you live in Livermore and you're suffering with back issues, spinal decompression therapy might be a good treatment course of action for you. If you'd like to learn more, give our office a call today!

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    Dr. Anita Haque grew up in Toronto Canada and came to California to pursue her dream of being a chiropractor. After graduating magnum Cum Lade from Cleveland Chiropractic College 2003 in Los Angeles, she moved to the bay area and opened her practice in 2004. She has since then joined forces with Lifestyle Fitness in Livermore to run a full chiropractic, personal training, injury rehab, massage therapy and Cryoskin (new) facility in Livermore.