Is Chiropractic Adjustment or Spinal Decompression Best for Me?

According to experts, lower back pain is the second most common reason for an American adult to visit their doctor. Doctors commonly recommend opioid painkillers to help patients deal with their pain. But most people prefer drug-free pain relief methods if any are available.

Enter chiropractic care, an effective treatment that is drug-free and efficient. It is effective, especially with joint, neck, and back pain. There are several treatment techniques used in chiropractic care. The most popular are chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression.


Chiropractic Adjustments


Chiropractors use these specific movements on your body to relieve pain and tension in particular areas. It is an effective way to help the body heal and relieve pain. It is used on several parts of the body like the following:


  • Joints

  • Connective tissues

  • Muscles

  • Bones


Some of the significant benefits of chiropractic adjustments are:


Relieves Neck Pain


You may develop neck pain from various activities like sitting for too long or if you have poor posture. When you go to the chiropractor, you will get a spinal adjustment to relieve the pain. Cervical spine adjustment relieves neck pain by increasing the levels of neuropeptides in the blood. 


You Rely Less on Opioid Painkillers


Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to significantly lower pain levels in the body. It means you will rely less on painkillers to relieve your pain. Furthermore, adjustments prompt self-healing in the body so you will see constant improvement.


Eases Headaches


Some chiropractic adjustments effectively treat headaches originating from your neck and tension headaches. Experts have found that adjustments are more effective in relieving headaches than painkillers. 


Spinal Decompression


Spinal decompression is a chiropractic procedure that works to relieve chronic back pain. It uses computer technology, a unique table, and motorized traction to work on the spine. By stretching the spine, spinal decompression changes the position and force of the spine. It does this by creating negative pressure in the spinal column. In turn, this reduces the pressure on the gel-like cushions and spinal discs in the spine. 


What Does Spinal Decompression Treat?


Chiropractors and doctors alike use spinal decompression to treat several conditions like:


  • Sciatica, back or neck pain. Sciatica is weakness, pain, or tingling that goes along the leg.
  • Degenerative disc disease or herniated or bulging discs
  • Posterior facet syndrome, also known as worn-out spinal joints
  • Diseased or injured roots of spinal nerves


More research is being conducted to know the effectiveness and safety of spinal decompression. 


What Is the Procedure for Spinal Decompression?


After your doctor qualifies you for the procedure, you set up an appointment with a chiropractor. The chiropractor will put a harness on your trunk and pelvis when you go for the procedure. You then lie down on a computerized table that stretches your spine according to your condition.


The treatment will last about 45 minutes for each session. You will have about 28 sessions that will span over six to seven weeks. It is usually combined with other therapies to enhance its effectiveness. 


For more on chiropractic adjustments and spinal decompression, call Frame Chiropractic & Acupuncture at 419.573.0077 for our office in Toledo, Ohio.

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