Charleston Chiropractor – Spinal decompression has helped many area residents overcome debilitating back pain and other symptoms as an alternative to drugs or surgery. For many people, however, this cutting-edge technique remains something of a mystery. Here are some common questions and answers from our team at Health Edge Group.
What is spinal decompression?
We use spinal decompression in North Charleston as a non-surgical means of correcting spinal disc and joint problems. Disease, injury or even normal aging can cause the gelatinous discs between vertebrae to lose moisture and flatten out, causing spinal abnormalities and nerve root impingements. Decompressing the spine involves increasing the space between vertebrae through a gentle distraction force, which for many eliminates the need for major surgery.
How does it work?
Patients are secured to a table specially designed to apply tiny amounts of distraction force to the spinal column. This distraction force creates more space between the vertebrae, which in turn creates a negative pressure within the space that sucks the disc back into its proper position. At the same time, the negative pressure draws water and nutrients back into the disc, replenishing it and (over time) helping to restore normal disc height.
Who benefits from this form of treatment?
Spinal decompression in North Charleston can prove highly beneficial to patients suffering from herniated or bulging discs, as well as degenerative joint diseases that cause or aggravate vertebral compression. If you suffer from repeated bouts of sciatica or neck pain, for instance, you may have an underlying nerve impingement caused by a disc pressing against a nerve root, making you a potential candidate for decompression therapy.
What can I expect from my first treatment?
Prior to your first decompression treatment, our chiropractor will discuss your pain or other symptoms with you, review your medical history, and evaluate your spine and posture to determine the nature of your condition. For the actual session, all you have to do is lie down, relax, and let the table do the work. Many of our patients find the process so calming, in fact, that they fall asleep!
How many treatments will I need?
Although you may experience a degree of immediate relief during your very first decompression treatment, we typically schedule a series of 20 treatments over a period of time. This gives your discs the optimal amount of time to rehydrate and nourish themselves, while also helping nerve roots to return to their full health and signaling capacity. Since each session only lasts 30 minutes, your decompression routine should not disrupt your schedule significantly.
Your Source for Spinal Decompression
Now that you have a better understanding of how and why we offer spinal decompression in North Charleston, the next logical step — contacting our office for more answers or to schedule a consultation — is up to you. We hope you will make Health Edge Group your source for this form of natural, non-invasive care.