Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a therapeutic technique performed at Ribley Family Chiropractic in Woodstock. It is a safe, effective non-surgical method of alleviating chronic back pain linked to compression of vertebrae. Spinal decompression has provided relief for many patients who tried traditional treatment approaches such as opioid painkillers.

doctor demonstrating spinal care

What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal compression happens when nerves surrounding the spinal column become impinged, inflamed, or irritated. It can also happen when small bones or vertebrae making up the backbone shift out of alignment (subluxation). The compressed nerve or vertebral misalignment may occur in the neck (cervical spine) upper back (thoracic spine), or lower back (lumbar spine). Neck, back, and leg pain associated with this condition can be safely treated by our expert chiropractor in Woodstock GA. 

What Causes Spinal Compression

  • Injury or trauma involving the spine
  • Intervertebral disc degeneration 
  • Arthritis 
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Injury to the spinal nerve root
  • Scarring from lumbar spine surgery
  • Posterior facet syndrome or worn spinal joints

Symptoms of Spinal Compression

  • Pain in the neck
  • Pain in the upper or lower back
  • Numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness
  • Pain when twisting or bending

How Spinal Decompression Works

It is important to treat spinal compression early to prevent the condition from worsening and reducing mobility. Decompressing the spine can improve pain and promote healing of affected musculoskeletal tissues near the spine. Treatment is performed using a traction technique to gently stretch, decompress, and align the spine. Traction takes pressure off the spinal or intervertebral discs causing bulging or herniated discs to retract. 

When properly done, spinal decompression helps relieve pain, reduce inflammation, increase oxygen and blood flow, and improve mobility. It can also help avoid the need for surgery. Chiropractic care aims to treat the underlying cause of the condition to provide long-lasting relief rather than treating the symptoms—as is the case when pain medications are prescribed. 

Is Spinal Decompression Right for Me?

Our Chiropractor in Woodstock GA can determine if spinal decompression is right for you. Certain individuals should not have this non-medical procedure performed on their spine. They include pregnant women, anyone with a broken vertebra, implant or artificial disc in the spine, or who had spinal fusion or failed back surgery.

Schedule a consultation with our Chiropractor in Woodstock GA

Our highly-experienced chiropractor at Ribley Family Chiropractic in Woodstock will do a complete physical examination, medical assessment, and other tests such as X-rays to determine the cause of the spinal compression before designing a treatment plan. A series of spinal decompression sessions may be necessary based on your diagnosis. Give us a call today at 770-592-2505 to schedule a consultation and relieve spinal compression back pain the natural way! 

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