Spinal Decompression Charlotte, NC

There is an alternative to back surgery here in Charlotte NC: spinal decompression. The spine is a very complex and fragile mechanism. It is able to support your entire musculoskeletal system, but when you have an injury to your disc or joint you may be told your only options are painkillers or surgery. But, this is no longer the case. Spinal decompression could be the answer for your pain. If you are looking to learn more about Spinal Decompression in Charlotte, look no further.  Living in constant pain takes not only a physical toll on your body, but also impacts your entire well being. Many people who experience back pain don’t do anything to fix it. They hope it goes away on its own. Pain is a way your body is trying to tell you something’s wrong. Although the pain may go away on its own, the problem is still there. If left untreated, the problem can grow into a much more serious condition. It can even lead to surgery as your only resort. The good news is there is a non-surgical treatment that may help. Spinal Decompression gives the patient pain relief while correcting the underlying problem. At Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center, P.C., we utilize many chiropractic techniques to approach pain management.

A compressed disc can lead to serious problems. This could include a bulge or herniated disc which can press on a nerve causing pain or disc degeneration. Having a compressed disc can restrict the flow of nutrients to the disc which is essential for healing. Spinal decompression has shown positive results in helping with these issues.  A recent study revealed that disc height increased while pain decreased after spinal decompression therapy.

Spinal decompression is a treatment that has been used by both medical doctors and chiropractors for some time. It is a non-invasive way to reduce the stress on the spine. Spinal Decompression can help with neck and back problems, including:

What to expect at your appointment:

We will have you lie on our specially equipped table where you will be comfortably fitted with a harness to achieve decompression of the back or neck. Then, in a gentle and slow manner we will stretch your spine which will relieve pressure. Then we will allow your spine to relax, stretch again, and relax. This will happen several times during your session. Many patients feel very relaxed during the time of treatment. Some patients with severe spinal injuries may feel mild discomfort during the first few treatments, but after a few visits the discomfort will subside. Spinal decompression is applied with the goal to relieve pain and promote optimal healing for bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs. Spinal Decompression uses your own body mass to create distraction to the targeted discs.  This is done in a gentle and slow manner. This creates a vacuum effect that helps bring the disc matter back into the problem disc. This occurs because the space between vertebra increases as the spine is decompressed.  A negative pressure develops. Spinal decompression also enables degenerated discs to heal. The pump effect delivers oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the affected area.

Traction, physical therapy, and spinal manipulation may only reduce disc pressure to as low as 40 mm Hg. Only spinal decompression can achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression can achieve pressures as low as -110 mm Hg during the treatment session. Typically your body would go into proprioceptor response in order to protect the vertebrae and discs from injury as the spine is being pulled. But, spinal decompression avoids this response by slowly pulling the spine and allowing time for the spine to relax. This allows the spine to re-position without the tension that would cause a proprioceptor response.

Each Spinal Decompression session lasts about 25 minutes. The recommended treatment for best results is about 4-6 weeks. Many patients report feeling a decrease in pain after just one or two visits.  However, it takes several weeks of ongoing treatment for the discs to heal. Over the duration of your treatments, your disc is able to reshape itself, heal, and get the proper flow of nutrients to aid in healing and decrease your risk of future injuries.

You may not be a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have a broken vertebrae
  • Have had spinal fusion
  • Are a patient with artificial disc, or other implants in the spine
  • Have had a failed back surgery
  • Gone through multiple surgeries without recovery or pain improvement
  • If you have osteoporosis or osteopenia
  • Have a spinal tumor or infection
  • If you are taking blood thinners

 

Many of our patients have been thrilled with the results they see. Spinal decompression allows them to get back to their daily activities, but without the burden of extreme back pain. Many of our patients have previously tried medications, physical therapy, or told that there only option would be to get surgery. Here at Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center, P.C. we will go over all of your options based on your specific case and condition. The doctor will determine if you would be a good candidate for spinal decompression, or determine if another one of our services could better fit your needs. From there Dr. Kevin Lyons would create a treatment care plan specifically for your needs.

If you are ready to get more joy out of living and eliminate chronic pain, contact Dr. Lyons at Beyond Wellness Chiropractic Center, P.C.  We can help discuss your options.