Ryan Key, DC
Chiropractor located in Murfreesboro, TN
If you have back pain because of disc degeneration or damage, spinal decompression therapy can gently relieve the pressure on your discs and help them heal. Expert practitioner Dr. Ryan Key and the rest of the team at Key Chiropractic in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, successfully use spinal decompression techniques and hands-on chiropractic methods to relieve the symptoms of sciatica, herniated discs, and other causes of back pain. Call Key Chiropractic today to find out more, or use the online form to schedule an appointment.
Spinal Decompression Therapy Q & A
What is spinal decompression therapy?
Spinal decompression is a treatment you might need if you have a problem with your spinal discs or compressed spinal nerves. Between the vertebrae that make up your spine, you have flexible pads of tissue called discs that absorb shock and help to stabilize your spine. These discs have a soft interior and a tough outer shell.
Sometimes discs move or sustain damage, and the outer shell might develop a weak spot that allows the inner disc to bulge outward. The outside could tear and cause the inside of the disc to push through the hole.
Bulging and herniated discs are common causes of back pain. The protruding tissues often press against nerves in the spinal canal, leading to problems like cervical radiculopathy and sciatica. Spinal decompression helps your discs to heal by gently stretching the vertebrae.
The spinal decompression process separates your discs just enough to give the damaged discs space to heal and realign. Dr. Key can advise you on whether spinal decompression is suitable for your condition at your consultation.
What happens during spinal decompression therapy?
Your spinal decompression treatment takes place with you lying on a movable table. The top half of this unique treatment table, where your upper body lies, stays still. The bottom half of the table, where your lower body lies, is movable.
You wear a harness over your hips, which keeps the lower half of your body attached to the treatment table. The movable section of the table gently slides backward and forward, stretching your spine and then releasing it.
With these movements, protruding tissue can return to where it should be. You feel the pull as the table stretches and decompresses your spine, but the treatment shouldn't be painful. Your spinal decompression session lasts 30-45 minutes.
How many spinal decompression treatments will I need?
Most people need 12-20 spinal decompression treatments over 4-6 weeks. Patients will be evaluated after their 12th visit to assess progress and review the plan before any other treatment is recommended. Additionally, Dr. Key will advise you on exercises and stretches needed to help assist your injured disc helping it to heal.
There are also activities you should avoid during your treatment. You should also follow Dr. Key's advice to encourage your discs to stay in place and heal.
Find out how spinal decompression could help you with chronic or intermittent back pain by calling Key Chiropractic today. You can also book an appointment online.