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The Benefits of Spinal Decompression & Chiropractic Care for Herniated Discs

man overlay spineHerniated discs, a common and often painful back condition, can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. The condition occurs when the soft inner gel of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. This can lead to nerve irritation, resulting in pain, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg.

Fortunately, spinal decompression and regular chiropractic care offer promising non-surgical options for managing and alleviating the symptoms of herniated discs.

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive treatment designed to relieve pressure on the spinal discs. This is achieved through gentle, controlled traction that creates negative pressure within the discs. The negative pressure can help to retract the herniated or bulging disc material back into its proper place, reducing pressure on the spinal nerves and promoting an improved environment for healing.

During a spinal decompression session, the patient lies on a specialized table, and a harness is used to stretch the spine gently. Our practice uses an FDA cleared technology called the DRX9000 Device.

The process is painless and typically lasts between 30 to 45 minutes. Many patients report significant relief after just a few sessions, although a full treatment course often involves multiple sessions over several weeks.

The Role of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care involves the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, with a focus on spinal health. Our chiropractors use various techniques, including Diversified, Thompson Technique and Pettibon System, and will modify their approaches to maximize patient comfort while still getting great results.

For individuals with herniated discs, chiropractic adjustments can help restore proper alignment, reduce inflammation, and improve overall spinal health.

Your chiropractor will perform a thorough assessment to determine the best course of action. When adjusting, chiropractors use their hands or a small instrument to apply controlled force to a spinal joint. These adjustments can help reduce nerve irritability, improve mobility, and enhance the body’s natural healing processes.

Experience the Synergistic Benefits

When combined, spinal decompression and chiropractic care offer a comprehensive approach to managing herniated discs. Spinal decompression addresses the mechanical aspect of disc herniation by reducing disc pressure, while chiropractic care focuses on restoring spinal alignment and improving overall function.

Patients undergoing this dual approach often experience the following:

  • Pain Relief: Reduced pressure on nerves can lead to significant pain reduction.
  • Improved Mobility: Restored spinal alignment and decompression can enhance movement and flexibility.
  • Enhanced Healing: Proper spinal function supports the body’s natural healing processes, potentially reducing the need for medication or surgery.
  • Long-term Health: Regular chiropractic care can help prevent future disc issues by maintaining spinal health and posture.

Take That First Step Toward Healing

If you’re struggling with herniated disc pain, contact The Wellness Connection today to schedule an appointment with one of our O’Fallon chiropractors. We want to help relieve your pain so you can return to what you love!

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