Anyone who’s ever suffered from back pain can tell you that it’s no picnic. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life, which equates to about 31 million Americans at any given time. Additionally, back pain accounts for 264 million lost work days per year — about two days for every full-time worker.
Most people who suffer from back pain recover and resume their daily lives. An unlucky few, however, develop chronic back pain, which is both disabling and debilitating. It can impact every part of your life, from work and chores to leisure and relationships.
One of the best ways to treat back pain is through spinal decompression therapy. This nonsurgical, drug-free treatment works for a wide range of patients, and it may be able to help alleviate the pressure causing your back pain.
At Empower Medical Center, our team can help you conquer your pain with spinal decompression therapy. With both a chiropractor and osteopathic physician on staff, we can diagnose and treat the source of your back pain to put you on the path to optimal wellness.
Spinal decompression therapy basics
The name of the game, when it comes to back pain, is pressure. Although your back is made up of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and discs, the main two actors in pain are your bones and discs.
Discs are central to back movement. They act as shock absorbers for vertebrae, as ligaments that hold the spine together, and as cartilaginous joints that allow the spine to move at it does.
Pain related to discs occurs when they move out of their normal alignment. A bulging, degenerating, or herniated disc may begin to press on a nerve or allow bones to rub against each other, sending pain to various parts of your body.
Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy
This form of therapy aims to apply two types of pressure. Negative pressure provides relief for herniated or bulging discs, with the aim of allowing them to return to normal size and function. Spinal decompression can also apply lower pressure to force needed nutrients and other substances into herniated, bulging, and degenerating discs.
The benefit is twofold: Discs that are out of place get a chance to return to their normal size or placement during negative pressure, and they get a head start on healing with lower pressure. When your discs return to their normal size, water, oxygen, and other nutrients can move more freely through your spine and back. This helps them resume their normal, healthy function.
Our nonsurgical treatment is a natural procedure without pain. Invasive back surgery should be treated as the absolute last option. It’s typically recommended for chronic pain sufferers for whom other therapies have failed.
What to expect
During a therapy session at Empower Medical Center, you’re fitted into a support system on a spinal decompression table. A computer system monitors the mechanical traction that pulls your body into a perfect position for giving injured discs needed respite.
A session lasts about 30 minutes, depending on the area of your back that’s being treated and the severity of your pain or injury. You may receive up to 28 sessions over the course of five to seven weeks.
You’re fully clothed during the procedure, and it should not be painful. When combined with physical therapy, nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy has been highly successful at pain relief.
Don’t put your back pain on the back burner. The doctors at Empower Medical Center can help you start on the road toward relief. Call or request an appointment online today to learn more about this beneficial therapy.