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Spinal Decompression Therapy in St. Louis, MO

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What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression is a type of traction therapy applied to the spine in an attempt to bring about several theoretical benefits including:

Create a negative intradiscal pressure to promote retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material.
Create a lower pressure in the disc that will cause an influx of healing nutrients and other substances into the disc.


Who is a Candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Anyone who has been told they need surgery but wants to avoid it, anyone who has been told there is nothing more available to help, or anyone who is not responding to simpler treatments. 

Also anyone with symptoms prone to the following ailments

Bulging, prolapsed, or herniated discs

Spinal sterosis

Pain Radiating Down the Arms and Legs


Facet Syndrome

Degenerative Disc Disease


Neck Pain

“Pinched Nerves”

Spinal Arthritis

Spinal Decompression Therapy in the St. Louis, Missouri Area

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses a combination of physical traction and heat therapy to relieve pressure on nerves in the spine. It’s another tool for chiropractors to use as a part of your chiropractic care plan.

It’s typically used to treat neck pain, leg pain, back pain or other spinal disorders. It’s also used to relieve nerve pain caused by conditions like sciatica. 

It works by reducing pressure on the spine and allowing fluid buildup in the spine to drain. This helps in relieving pain and discomfort.

Spinal decompression treatment can also be used to help maintain healthy alignment of the spine after surgery, such as a laminectomy. 

Heat therapy is used to increase blood flow to the area and release any toxins that may be contributing to the cause of the pain. Physical traction helps decompress the spinal column by applying gentle pressure in order to reduce any swelling that may be contributing to inflammation.

Spinal decompression therapy can be used alone or combined with other therapies, such as electrical stimulation, massage, exercise, and heat.

Who is a Candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is effective for a wide range of conditions. The most common indications are chronic back pain, disc herniation, or degenerative disc disease. Other conditions that benefit from spinal decompression include sciatica, rib pain, and headaches. 

Spinal decompression may also be used to relieve pressure on the spine caused by major orthopedic surgeries or severe trauma. 

Finally, spinal decompression may be appropriate for individuals with multiple sclerosis, and spinal stenosis, who have lost much of their mobility due to nerve damage.

In addition to the therapeutic effects of spinal decompression, patients often experience a reduction in pain and improved mobility after treatment is completed.

Spinal decompression offers significant benefits for many people suffering from back pain and other related disorders. For individuals with degenerative disc disease or severe sciatica, spinal decompression can help improve mobility and reduce pain levels. 

Finding relief from pain can be tricky but gently stretching the spine can do wonders for those with bulging discs long term.

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Is spinal decompression therapy painful?

Spinal decompression therapy can be painful as it involves realigning your spine. However, there are some precautions that you can take to make the process more comfortable. 

Firstly, you should try to find a chiropractor who is experienced in treating back pain like Dr. Eric Nepute

Secondly, you should try to lie down for the first few sessions so that you can take the pressure off your back. Most people find it helpful to get into a kneeling or sitting position before lying down.

Some people also find heat therapy helpful. If you want to try heat therapy, make sure that you use a heating pad with low heat and place it on your lower back. 

You should also avoid putting too much weight on your legs while you’re undergoing treatment, as this could put extra pressure on your spine.

Is it good to decompress your spine?

The human spine is made up of seven vertebrae. For each vertebra, there is a body disc (or centrum disc), end disc (or pedicle disc), innermost disc portion, and outermost disc portion.

The disc is a flexible cushion that serves as a shock absorber between each vertebrae. When we move, our muscles push against the bones in our spine, and this causes some pressure to build up on the discs between each vertebrae.

When pressures build up in these areas, they can disrupt the normal functions of the discs, leading to pain or even herniated discs.

Getting enough sleep helps reduce stress levels and may even help keep your spine strong. Exercise such as walking or yoga may also help strengthen your core muscles and keep your spine healthy. 

The warmth of a bath or shower can help reduce back pain and stress levels by releasing muscle tension, which will help improve blood flow and circulation.

How quickly does spinal decompression work?

The effects of spinal decompression vary depending on the length and severity of the injury. The most common side effects include soreness and stiffness, although bruising and blood clotting are also possible. 

After treatment, some people may notice that their pain level decreases or improves significantly, while others may only notice minor improvements. Some people may not experience any improvement at all.

Can decompression fix a herniated disc?

Before you assume that a herniated disc is the cause of your pain, it’s important to rule out other possible causes. An x-ray can help diagnose other conditions that are causing your pain, such as pinched nerves or arthritis.

Physical therapy, rest, and anti-inflammatory medication are some of the noninvasive methods for treating herniated discs.

My Condition Wasn’t Listed Above, Can Chiropractic Still Help?

The list of conditions that respond to our chiropractic care would be far too many to list. In order to find out if our services would be of benefit to you, please call our clinic at 314-544-5600 and schedule an exam.

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