Spinal Decompression Therapy: Before, During and After
Depending on the cause of your chronic back pain, spinal decompression therapy may offer the relief you need. This therapy works to gently stretch the spine to allow the vertebrae and discs to find their natural alignment. The flow of nutrients and natural lubrication increases to help create long-term healing during the process. If your spine specialist has recommended spinal decompression therapy, here’s what you can expect.
Preparing for Your Appointment
Before your first session, your doctor or physical therapist will most likely give you some information about spinal decompression therapy. You should read over this information thoroughly and write down any questions that you have, so you can ask them when you arrive. If you are adequately hydrated, the session will be more productive by encouraging the flow of nutrients to the discs of your spine to aid in healing. You may also be asked to take supplements before your first visit.
A typical therapy appointment will last between 30 and 45 minutes. Your doctor or physical therapist will help guide the process and determine the length of the session. They will have you get comfortable laying on the machine and then place the straps. The straps will help stretch your spine for a few minutes gently and then allow you to rest. There will be several intervals of stretching and relaxing while the machine works automatically. It should never feel uncomfortable or painful. However, there is a switch that will allow you to turn off the device so you can call for assistance if needed.
After Your Session
Spinal decompression therapy is often paired with physical therapy, so you may be given some exercises at home to help your back muscles become stronger to better support your spine. Staying hydrated even after your session is important to keep the discs flexible and the nutrients flowing to encourage healing. Ice packs or a heating pad may be recommended to prevent inflammation and discomfort.
Patients suffering from bulging, herniated or degenerative discs may benefit from spinal decompression therapy. This process allows the vertebrae to gradually separate, letting the discs move back into a more natural alignment. Some patients may experience immediate pain relief, and, over time, the back may begin to heal.
If you suffer from chronic back pain and bulging discs, herniated discs or sciatica are to blame, contact Medici Spine & Pain today to schedule an appointment with one of our spine specialists. Together, we can develop a treatment plan to address your pain that may include spinal decompression therapy.
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