Alleviating Back and Neck Pain with Spinal Decompression

Back pain plagues many people all over the world. Living with back pain can make every day a struggle and can keep you from enjoying many different things that you used to enjoy. There are various different treatments for back pain such as massages, injections, acupuncture and even surgery. A treatment that has alleviated pain from many back pain sufferers is spinal decompression. Spinal decompression is a treatment used for many different back and neck issues such as herniated or bulging discs, sciatica, spinal stenosis and more. It is a treatment that uses pulling force to relieve pressure and stress from the spine. Any pinched nerves within the spinal column are relieved of pressure, alleviating pain from the back and neck. Spinal decompression can be performed either surgically or non-surgically. The type of spinal decompression that is right for you depends on the severity of the pain and the type of condition that you have. Surgical decompression usually requires removing a piece of vertebrae from the spine in order to relieve pressure from the nerves in the spinal column. Patients with herniated discs usually have a piece of the herniated disc removed through a minor surgery in order to relieve pressure from the nerve that the disc is pressing against. Non-surgical decompression is achieved by applying outside force in a pulling motion to gently stretch out the spine and alleviate pressure on any pinched nerves. There are many different ways to perform this, but the method most used by doctors is a computer controlled method of spinal decompression. The patient is strapped securely to a table that is set up with cushions in specific places to alleviate pressure from the vertebrae. The table can be adjusted through computer commands in order to target the pressure points. Treatment with decompression tables usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes and has been noted as being very pleasant and relaxing. Other methods of decompression are available for home use as well. Exercises that naturally stretch out the spine such as pull ups and dips can achieve decompression on the spine. Inversion tables have also been a growing home method of spinal decompression. Using an inversion table, you can flip yourself upside down and allow gravity to stretch out your spinal column and relieve pressure without needing to do any potentially painful exercises. You should ask your doctor before performing any of these treatments at home. Spinal decompression is growing in popularity at many doctor's offices and has relieved many people of back pain. Ask your doctor if spinal decompression is right for you.