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If you have chronic back pain, you may feel desperate for relief. Back pain is highly individualized, and what works for one patient may not work for the next. Still, more and more patients are finding relief from a relatively unknown therapy called nonsurgical spinal decompression. Here is what you should know.

What Is Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?

A form of motorized traction that gently stretches the spine, nonsurgical spinal decompression reduces the pressure on the spinal discs. Bulging or herniated discs often retract, while worn facet joints get more space to function. This takes the pressure off the nerves, promotes movement of oxygen and nutrient-rich fluids, and helps the discs and joints heal.

What to Expect

You will remain fully clothed during treatment, so wear something comfortable that gives you freedom of movement. You will wear a harness around your upper body and a separate harness around your pelvis as you lie down on a computer-controlled table. Your doctor will operate the computer, gently stretching your body according to your specific needs.

Each treatment lasts 30 to 45 minutes, and most people need treatment four times a week for five to seven weeks. We may use additional therapies as well, such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and heat or ice.

Who Should Avoid Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is considered safe and effective for most patients. Like any medical treatment, though, it is not right for everyone. If you are pregnant, have a current fracture, tumor, or abdominal aortic aneurysm, or have been diagnosed with advanced osteoporosis, you are not a good candidate for this procedure.

Surgical Spinal Decompression

Surgical spinal decompression is sometimes used a last resort for those in whom all more conservative therapies have failed. In addition, some people need spinal fusion to stabilize the spine. In general, though, there is little evidence to support the idea that surgical decompression works any better than nonsurgical decompression for relieving spinal pain.

Surgical decompression carries all the risks of any surgery, such as infection and bleeding, and recovery times can be lengthy. With nonsurgical decompression, as long as you do not have a contraindicating condition, you will have no downtime from your daily activities and you will not face surgical risks.

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If you are ready to optimize your health and wellbeing, contact Optimum Wellness Solutions today at 972-671-2225 to learn more or schedule your first visit.