Chronic back and neck pain can interrupt your sleep and daily activities, and affect the quality of your life. For too many people, the answer to chronic musculoskeletal pain is medication, but that can lead to addictions and additional health problems. Spinal decompression is a natural way to alleviate chronic back and neck pain long term so you don’t have to depend on copious amounts of pain medication to get through your day or your life.
Dr. Jonathan W. Singer and the dedicated functional and alternative medicine team at HealthFirst in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Cheyenne, Wyoming, offer nonsurgical spinal decompression as a safe, effective treatment for pain caused by compressed spinal nerves.
Sciatica, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease are just a few of the conditions that cause pain because of compressed nerves somewhere along your spinal column. Spinal decompression alleviates this pressure and reduces your pain. It’s all-natural and noninvasive.
How spinal decompression helps relieve back and neck pain
The premise of spinal decompression is that it gently stretches your spine in the areas that are compressed. This relieves the pressure on nerves and increases space between your vertebrae. As the space increases and pressure decreases, blood flow improves into your spinal discs.
With this improved blood flow, your body can more easily deliver nutrients and oxygen to disc tissue so it can heal itself. Spinal decompression can also help bulging or herniated discs return to a healthier state. Negative pressure in a bulging disc can help pull the tissue back into the center of the disc so it no longer puts so much pressure on the nearby nerves.
Conditions that respond well to a series of spinal decompression treatments include:
- Spinal stenosis
- Posterior facet syndrome
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neck pain
- Injured or diseased nerve roots
As spinal decompression promotes an optimal healing environment for the soft tissue and nerves in your spinal column, you get relief from chronic pain and discomfort, such as burning, tingling, and radiating pain that travels into your legs and arms.
Spinal decompression is a noninvasive and pain-free treatment
Gentle stretching is the force that gradually makes lasting, cumulative changes in your spine when it comes to spinal decompression treatments. Depending on whether you’re experiencing chronic neck pain or lower back pain, Dr. Singer customizes your treatment to target the source of your discomfort.
You lie on a comfortable, specialized table with a support system and automated therapy that Dr. Singer programs based on your needs. The equipment offers accurate, consistent, and safe treatment. It does the stretching for you at precisely the angle you need to gently stretch your spine in a controlled manner.
After a series of spinal decompression sessions, you should enjoy long-lasting relief from pain and improved mobility. The treatment itself doesn’t hurt your spine or make you feel worse, and there’s no recovery period like there is with surgical treatment options.
Treatments typically take 30-45 minutes and you usually have a series of sessions over the course of a few weeks. Dr. Singer may recommend spinal decompression in combination with other natural therapies, including heat and ice, prolotherapy, and physical therapy.
Are you a good candidate for spinal decompression?
If you want an alternative to medications and surgeries to relieve your chronic back and neck pain, spinal decompression therapy may be ideal. Unless you meet certain criteria or have certain health conditions, spinal decompression is often an effective solution. The conditions that would prevent you from being a good candidate include:
- Currently pregnant
- Failed back surgery
- Broken vertebrae
- Previous spinal fusion surgery
- Artificial discs in your spine
- Spinal implants
- Multiple surgeries
Dr. Singer assesses your health and your medical history before beginning treatment to ensure your safety.
Contact the HealthFirst office closest to you or request an appointment online to schedule your personalized consultation for nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy. Same-day appointments are often available.