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Spinal decompression is a technique used to alleviate this pressure and provide relief from pain, either through surgical or non-surgical means. Many patients choose to use our natural, non-invasive technique instead of facing the risks and recovery time of a spinal surgery.
At Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group we provide a variety of services from urgent care to long-term pain relief. Many patients want help for pain they are experiencing due to some type of condition such as sciatica, fibromyalgia, or back pain caused by aging and degenerative discs. Other patients come to us looking for immediate care after a sports injury, work injury or auto accident injury. These incidents frequently result in a long-lasting effect such as whiplash or a herniated disc.
When the components of the spinal column are moved out of alignment due to a medical condition or injury, you can experience pain throughout your body. Your spinal column is composed of bones and discs, or gel-like cushions, which keep the bones from rubbing on each other. When one of these cushions is out of place it is referred to as a bulging, slipped or herniated disc. Whatever name is used, the pain can be severe. Bones may rub against each other or the disc itself may press on nerves. Depending on where the disc is herniated this may result in pain in your upper back, neck, shoulders, and arms. If the disc is causing pressure on the sciatic nerve you feel pain through your lower back and down into your legs.
Spinal decompression is a natural form of treatment that is delivered with a technological edge. It is similar to the effects of traction, but more precisely controlled through a computer. After a thorough examination to determine the cause and extent of your pain our chiropractor may recommend this treatment to help move the discs in your spinal column back into their natural positions.
If it is determined that this type of treatment may provide pain relief for you, you will be asked to lie down on a padded table. Depending on where your injury is, certain parts of your body will be held in place while the table moves to gently pull and elongate the affected areas of your spinal column. Pressure in your disc is reduced during the decompression phase, which can change the position of your spine and relieve pressure on your nerves. It also creates a type of vacuum effect which allows oxygen, water and healing nutrients to flow in. The traction pressure is slowly released, and the cycle is repeated again. The amount of time for each treatment and the number of treatments needed is based on the severity of your injury.
As your herniated disc moves back into place, we may combine decompression with hands-on adjustments, core strengthening exercises, massage therapy and physical therapy to promote a full spectrum of pain relief. Beverly Hills Comprehensive Medical Group is your solution for chiropractic care and urgent care.