If you are having a lot of back pain that will not go away there are many treatment options available. One of these options is known as spinal decompression therapy. This treatment can be done by a chiropractor in your area and is a nonsurgical option. Below is more information about this so you can decide if this would be right for you. 

Spinal Decompression

During spinal decompression the chiropractor gently stretches your spine, which changes the position of your spine. This takes pressure of the disks in your back which immediately helps you with your pain. This also takes pressure off the nerves in your back, which helps fluids and oxygen to get into your back discs to aid in healing.

Spinal decompression can treat many back problems, such as sciatica, which causes pain in your lower back and down your leg, as well as weakness in your back. Spinal decompression can also help if you have a herniated or bulging disk in your back or if you have an injury to nerve roots in your spine.

How Spinal Decompression is Done

The chiropractor places a harness around your trunk and pelvis. They have you lie on a computer-controlled table. You may lie face up or face down, depending on the type of problem you are having. The chiropractor customizes your treatment before they start operating the computer. During the treatment the harness around your trunk and pelvis stretches your spine.

The treatment may take up to an hour or less. You will also require more than one treatment over the next few weeks to get the full benefits of this decompression. The chiropractor will give you more information about this. You may feel some tightness and pain right after the treatment, but this will go away within a few hours. The chiropractor may ask that you limit your activities during this time. 

Along with spinal decompression the chiropractor may also use cold or heat therapy on your back. Ultrasound therapy may also be used which generates heat in the back area which can help you heal faster. In some case, electrical stimulation is used along with spinal decompression. This puts a small electric current into the muscles in your back causing the muscles to contract so you feel less pain. 

Talk with the chiropractor that you see, and they will give you much more information about spinal decompression and how it works.