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Patients with chronic back pain can have their entire lives disrupted before they find relief. Some are unable to work, do normal daily chores, or even sit up for any length of time. Eventually, many of them turn to chiropractic care for back pain. At The Back Pain Institute, we've found great success with many patients with spinal decompression therapy. We've found it to be an effective treatment for sciatica, herniated or bulging discs, and even injured spinal nerve roots.
Spinal decompression is a form of motorized traction that offers nonsurgical relief of back pain. Dr. Mark Mehaffey, our Odessa chiropractor, explains that it works by stretching the spine in a gentle manner. This changes the position of the spine slightly, which takes pressure off the discs that make up the spine. This stretching creates negative pressure within the discs, the sacs of gel that create cushions between the spinal bones, and encourages bulging discs to retract back to their original positions. It can also take the pressure off pinched nerves, which is a great relief for those suffering from sciatica. This negative pressure helps your body to heal itself by encouraging oxygen, water, and fluids filled with nutrients to move into the discs.
Patients undergoing spinal decompression therapy should feel no pain during the sessions, but they will feel a pulling or stretching sensation. They lay fully clothed on a motorized table. The table is split into two parts, and the lower half is moveable. Our chiropractor will fit a harness around the patient's hips, then attach it to the table near her feet. The upper part of the table stays in place while the lower part moves back and forth to give traction and then relaxation in turn. Depending on your particular back problems, you may lay on your back or on your stomach. The treatment can last from 30 to 45 minutes each time, and the entire treatment program can last up to two months. In most cases, patients will begin to notice some back pain relief right after the first session.
If you're suffering from lower back pain, chiropractic care can be the answer to your problems. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing patients with pain relief and holistic healing. Call our office at (432) 332-3388 to schedule an appointment.
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