Non-surgical spinal decompression can be an important process in the pursuit of overall spinal health and wellness. Simply put, it’s a way of alleviating neck and back pain that people experience when they have a disc injury such as a slipped disc or herniated disc or degeneration of the disc. It’s estimated that around 60%-80% of people who experience low back pain or leg pain may have symptoms of a herniated disc.
Pinched nerves (also known as neural impingement) often result from subluxation, or spinal misalignment. So there are two main ways to achieve restorative decompression. The first way is through surgery. Typically in a lumbar decompression surgery (“lumbar” means lower spine, the area between the lowest rib and the pelvis), a piece of bone is removed to give the nerve root more space to heal correctly.
While these surgeries are often successful, they can also be very expensive, and also carry several significant risk factors. First, in any major surgery, there is risk of infection, extensive blood loss, or blood clotting. Additionally, complications from the surgery can arise, causing the nerve itself to be further damaged. And of course, depending on the individual, it’s also possible to suffer an allergic reaction to the anesthesia that’s administered prior to the surgery.
Plus, even if everything goes perfectly, you’re talking about being in an inpatient facility for up to four or five days, which is about how long recovery can take for this kind of surgery. Afterward, there are all kinds of follow-up appointments necessary (removing stitches, treatment complications, et cetera), and if the incision requires the use of a plaster covering, then you have to treat it like a cast for a broken limb and avoid getting it wet.
That said, decompression surgery can be quite the ordeal.
The Waterside Chiropractic Approach
At Waterside Chiropractic, we help patients every day with non-invasive, out patient non-surgical spinal decompression that can achieve spinal decompression without the risks or travails of a surgical procedure. Spinal Decompression has been proven effective for patients suffering from a herniated disc or slipped disc. Our well-educated practitioners use targeted myofascial (myo-muscle and fascial- tissue) release techniques and other forms of therapy to help address every aspect of a spinal misalignment,which in turn,provide relief for neck and back pain and the corresponding symptoms.
So if you’re experiencing severe pain or other signs of disc injury such as a herniated disc or slipped disc, or spinal stenosis (the narrowing of the space surrounding the spinal cord), and painkillers haven’t been particularly effective, give us a call at Waterside Chiropractic. We want to help you in your journey towards health and wellness, so that you and your spine can successfully decompress.