What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is a type of therapy that involves stretching of your spine with the use of a traction table or other motorized device. The goal of spinal decompression is to relieve pain in your back or legs. Our chiropractors in Nashua perform nonsurgical decompression therapy as a non-invasive and conservative treatment for back and leg pain.

Our chiropractors perform spinal decompression to treat a variety of spinal conditions, including herniated lumbar discs, bulging discs, disc degeneration, facet syndrome, sciatica, and failed back surgery.

Back pain and muscle tension often occur as the result of problems with the rubbery discs between the bones of your spine. These discs act like shock absorbers to prevent the bones of your spine, known as vertebra, from grinding against each other. In some cases, the disc bulges beyond the vertebra to press against nearby nerves to cause pain. In other cases, the tough outer shell of the discs may weaken and crack to allow the gooey interior of the disc to ooze out and press against those nerves to cause pain and muscle tension.

Surgeons perform invasive procedures that fuse vertebrae together, known as laminectomy, or microdiscectomy that removes the unhealthy disc altogether.

Unlike surgical treatments, nonsurgical decompression requires no hospital stay, anesthesia or risk for complications, including infection. You simply wear a harness while lying on a special table, which simulates an anti-gravity effect that reduces pressure on your spine.

Theory of Chiropractic Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression, as performed by our Nashua chiropractors, utilizes the same basic principles of spinal traction. Only chiropractors and other health professionals, who have undergone extensive chiropractic training, may administer spinal decompression.

Like traction, the goals of decompression therapy are to relieve pain and promote a healing environment for the healing of herniated, bulging or degenerating discs. Decompression therapy does this by creating negative pressure between the discs, an action that helps shrink herniated discs and moves bulging discs back into place. Creating lower pressure in the disc also pulls in healing nutrients into the injured spinal tissue.

To learn more about Spinal Decompression and to see if this is the right treatment for you, contact us at 603-882-5742 to schedule an appointment.

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