Neck pain is a significant health problem in America, affecting the majority of adults at some point in their lives. Neck pain can both contribute to substantial disability and have an economic toll, and the pain and disability can not only have a big impact on the sufferer but on his or her family as well.
Herniated and bulging discs, disc degeneration, and spinal stenosis are common causes of neck pain, and if left untreated, can lead to permanent nerve damage and a lifetime of pain and discomfort.
The good news is that spinal decompression therapy was developed to alleviate the pressure on the vertebrae, discs, and adjacent nerves, and has proven effective in alleviating neck pain.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Spinal cord compression in the cervical spine is one of the most common reasons we suffer from neck pain, and it is caused by any sort of condition or injury that puts pressure on the spinal cord.
If you think of your spine like an accordion, a compressed spine is similar to the squeezing motion. The discs between our vertebrae act as shock absorbers, and when they’re compressed, they lose their spongy shape and ability to cushion.
Spinal cord compression also causes irritation or pinching of nerves that run down the spine and can lead to irreversible nerve damage.
How to Treat Neck Pain?
Traditional neck pain chiropractic treatment will begin with a full examination to determine the source of a patient’s neck pain. If the cause is spinal compression, your chiropractor will suggest spinal decompression therapy, which is a non-invasive, non-surgical, and effective treatment option for patients struggling with neck pain.
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Decompression therapy releases the pressure between the vertebrae of the spine by stretching them out. This stretching increases the space between vertebrae and reverses any pressure or protruding on the surrounding nerves.
Treatments are usually between 15 to 30 minutes long and are applied with the use of a traction table or a similar motorized device. Your chiropractor will make gentle and subtle adjustments, moving the spine in a way that corrects misalignment, improves blood flow to the area, relieves pressure and pain.
What are the Benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression by a chiropractor is a preferable treatment to surgery and pain medication for many patients suffering from neck pain. There are no injections or incisions, and often, patients feel immediate relief from pain after just one treatment, although several treatments are typically needed for reversing the effects of compression.
Spinal decompression is cost effective and convenient, as it allows patients to avoid costly surgeries.
Spinal decompression is usually used in conjunction with other treatments, such as strength and mobility exercises, muscle stimulation, and hot and cold therapy.