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What Is Spinal Decompression? Our chiropractor explains

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What Is Spinal Decompression?

Non-surgical spinal decompression is one of the most common procedures that a practice such as Utah Spine and Accident Clinic, a chiropractor in West Jordan, performs. The procedure is done for back pain treatment as well as other conditions.

What is non-surgical spinal decompression?

Non-surgical spinal decompression involves the use of a traction table to gently stretch the spine, thus changing the force and position. The theory is that it alleviates the pressure on disks, the gel-like substances that cushion the bones of the spine. Herniated and bulging disks no longer press on the nerves as much. Nutrients, oxygen, and water are allowed into the disks to facilitate healing.

How does the chiropractor perform spinal decompression?

You will lie down on a table with a harness around your trunk and another around your pelvis. You will either lie face down or face up, depending on your specific condition. The doctor will operate the table through a computer in a way customized to your particular needs. Each non-surgical spinal decompression treatment lasts about 30 to 45 minutes, and you may require somewhere between 20 and 30 treatments over a month or more. You should not feel pain during or after the treatment.

You may also have a number of other therapies, such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and heat and cold treatments before or after the decompression session. You may also be prescribed exercise and nutritional therapy.

What conditions can non-surgical spinal decompression treat?

Spinal decompression is used to alleviate back pain, leg pain, certain injuries caused by playing sports and automobile accidents, herniated or bulging disks, and worn spinal joints.

Contacting Utah Spine and Accident Clinic

If you have any more questions about non-surgical spinal decompression or back pain treatment or you would like to set up an appointment, call us at 801-280-2548 or visit our contact page.

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