Throughout the entire world, everyone has back pain at some point. Since back pain is common for many individuals, it is considered the most expensive condition, causing many working individuals to call off work and see their primary physicians to find some relief. When back pain is not treated right away, it can turn into chronic back pain over time and hinder a person’s quality of life. Different kinds of treatments can help manage back pain and help alleviate the symptoms. Today’s article will focus on how chiropractic and decompression therapy can work together to help alleviate back pain. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers specializing in spinal decompression therapy. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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How Chiropractic Therapy Helps With Back Pain
Since back pain is common for many individuals, the pain can range from a dull ache in the lower back to a sudden stinging pain that can radiate down to the legs causing sciatica to develop. Back pain can make many people feel miserable, and they try to find ways to alleviate the pain. Research studies have found that individuals with back pain will have lower productivity and quality of life while becoming a higher financial liability. Some people use medication to reduce the pain when this becomes an issue, while others use a hot and cold compress to lower the inflammation associated with back pain. Luckily chiropractic therapy can help alleviate back pain for many individuals.
Research studies have stated that chiropractic therapy is a non-surgical treatment that utilizes spinal manipulation for the body, causing relief for individuals with back pain. Chiropractic therapy causes the spinal joints to “pop” or release the pressure that was causing the person to be in pain. Chiropractic therapy also helps realign the spine back to its original state through manipulation while causing instant relief to the individual. Other research studies have found that when people go for a chiropractic adjustment for their low back pain, it is more effective than the other treatments for alleviating back pain symptoms.
How Decompression Therapy Helps With Back Pain
Like chiropractic therapy, decompression therapy is also a non-surgical treatment that can help individuals with back pain. Research studies have stated that decompression therapy can reduce chronic low back pain by increasing the spinal disc height. Decompression therapy can also vertically expand the intervertebral space through traction and alleviate other symptoms that are caused by back pain. Other research studies have also found that the effects of decompression therapy also help take the pressure off the nerve roots encompassing the spine by decompressing herniated disc material that causes low back pain. This will reduce the herniated discs are causing in the back and loosen up muscle tension.
Decompression Therapy & Back Pain-Video
Does your back constantly ache by doing simple things like bending, turning, and twisting? How about feeling sudden pain running down to your leg? If you have been experiencing back pain throughout your life, decompression might help you. The video above shows how decompression therapy can help individuals stretch their spine using gentle traction. This will allow the necessary nutrients to come back into the spine and take the pressure off the pinched nerve roots. When people utilize decompression therapy in their wellness journey, they can begin to feel much better without feeling any back pain that can hinder their quality of life. If you want to learn more about decompression therapy, this link will explain its benefits and how it can alleviate symptoms caused by back pain.
How Does Chiropractic & Decompression Therapy Work Together?
Since chiropractic and decompression therapy are non-surgical treatments for individuals suffering from back pain, they can work hand in hand to reduce the symptoms caused by back pain. Research studies have mentioned that chiropractic therapy can help reduce the stress and pressure on the posterior spinal discs by increasing the movements of the metabolites. In contrast, decompression therapy can create negative pressure in the spinal canal, allowing the spinal disc to supply nutritional substances and oxygen. The main goal for both of these treatments is to alleviate the back pain that the individual is suffering from. Other research studies have found that chiropractic and decompression therapy allows a flexion-distraction technique for individuals that helps broaden the distance of the spinal disc space and helps pull the bulging disc back to the spine. This allows the spine to realign itself and reduce back pain symptoms.
Overall, utilizing chiropractic and decompression therapy as part of a person’s wellness journey can help alleviate back pain and the symptoms that are causing pain to the back and the body. Chiropractic therapy can help realign the spine and release the trapped gases on the spinal joints. In contrast, decompression therapy utilizes traction to gently stretch the spine and provide nutritional supplements back to the spine. Incorporating these two types of treatments can cause many individuals to have instant relief from their back and any other symptoms that were the source of their pain. When they begin to feel their life coming back together, they can continue on their health journey being pain-free.
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