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Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment option that can help relieve pain and improve mobility for those suffering from spinal stenosis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, sciatica and neurogenic claudication. It is a safe and effective treatment option that can provide long-term relief from symptoms associated with these conditions. The goal of spinal decompression is to reduce pressure on the spine by gently stretching the spine in order to create space between vertebrae. This helps to reduce nerve compression and alleviate pain. Spinal decompression can also help improve range of motion and flexibility in the affected area.

Spinal decompression is a type of traction therapy applied to the spine in an attempt to bring about several benefits, including:

  • Creating a negative intradiscal pressure to promote retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material.
  • Reducing pressure in the disc, thus causing an influx of healing nutrients and other substances into the disc.
Essence Health Group Council Bluffs IA
Essence Health Group Council Bluffs IA
Essence Health Group Council Bluffs IA
Our chiropractors and practitioners use state-of-the-art technology to provide safe and effective treatment for your back pain. Experience the power of spinal decompression therapy and get back to living your life. Experience the benefits of this safe and effective treatment – no surgery or drugs required.

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What conditions can spinal decompression treat?

  • Bulging disc: when a cushion between vertebrae bulges out.
  • Degenerative discs: when the cushion between vertebrae starts wearing out.
  • Pinched nerves: when a nerve gets pinched (compressed), causing numbness, pain or tingling.
  • Herniated disc: when part of a disk pushes on a nerve.
  • Sciatica: damage to your sciatic nerve.
  • Spinal stenosis: narrowing of spaces in your spine due to bone spurs or bulging or herniated disks.
Essence Health and Wellness Center
Essence Health and Wellness Center
Essence Health and Wellness Center

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s natural to have lots of questions about chiropractic and our approach to health – especially if you haven’t been under principled chiropractic care in the past. So, we’ve compiled some “Frequently Asked Questions” you might find helpful.

No, this might worsen your problem, quickly.

Paraspinal muscles that surround your spine (think of your core muscles) help stabilize your spine. It’s important to have solid stabilization muscles so we can hold something and bend down while evenly distributing the pressure. The problem with just using inversion tables, when you have muscles that are attaching to these bones, there is a stretch reflex. The further you stretch a muscle, the more reactive tension and will create pressure. If there is a disc with a lot of pressure that is bulging and if you were to just hang upside down, the muscles will attempt to re-engage to counter the stretch. An inversion table doesn’t create specificity. Inverting the entire body is using the entire weight of the body.

If you slowly pull apart the vertebrae, specifically, you will not engage in this auto-response of the muscles mentioned above. So, the slowness of the speed is crucial, along with intentional, targeted movement to effectively apply that counter-pressure to the affected area. It is designed to decrease pressure specifically in those discs, so there isn’t that guarding response. This is what helps pull the disc back in. This is why our spinal decompression treatment is so successful in preventing surgeries and getting the desired outcomes in a non-invasive, non-surgical manner.
If the disc is bulging, there is dysfunction in the mechanics. It wouldn’t bulge if there wasn’t a breakdown. We will see degenerating disc spaces, when the vertebrae are intended to sit away from each other and are not, there are nerve issues because the space for those exit points is also diminished. Decompress, or offset the pressurized problem, opens the joints up and pulls that spongy center of the disc back in.
Bulged or compressed discs can have impacts on your nervous system as the nerves exit through the space between vertebrae that is created by the natural cushioning of the disc. When the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. Some herniated discs cause no symptoms. Others can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness, weakness in an arm or leg, or issues in the corresponding area to which the nerve communicates, i.e. kidneys, stomach, liver, gallbladder, reproductive organs, etc.

When you undergo decompression treatment, it is usually not a one-and-done session. There is a process of healing and retraining as we go back to our normal compressive state -when we are up right going about our days. So our team focuses on consistency and frequency of treatment early on, in order to accomplish this retraining and restructuring. This allows us to get quick results, but also long term recovery and stabilization in that area.