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Spinal Decompression Q&A

Chiropractic located in Manassas, VA

Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression services offered in Manassas, VA

Spinal decompression is a gentle but effective way of stretching the vertebrae that helps resolve herniated disc pain. If you have daily challenges with herniated disc symptoms, visit Lincoln German, DC, and Mikaela Foley, DC, at Spine Care of Manassas Chiropractic Center in Manassas, Virginia. They offer the most advanced spinal decompression treatments to resolve bulging and herniated discs. To find out how you could benefit from spinal decompression, call Spine Care of Manassas Chiropractic Center today or book an appointment online.

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a treatment the Spine Care of Manassas Chiropractic Center team uses to treat back pain. Their highly successful, advanced spinal decompression technology relieves disabling back pain without surgery.

The Spine Care of Manassas Chiropractic Center’s highly trained staff uses the spinal decompression system to create a custom treatment plan for you that involves gently stretching and relaxing your spine in rotation.

Over time, the stretching separates your vertebrae without damaging the spinal structures, resolving the cause of your back pain.

Why would I need spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is an effective treatment for a bulging or herniated disc. Spinal discs fit between your vertebrae, providing cushioning and stability to the spinal column. The discs have a soft, jelly-like center surrounded by a tough outer layer. Sometimes the jelly in a disc pushes through a tear or weak spot in the outer shell and enters the spinal canal.

Severe trauma, as you might experience in an auto accident, can cause an acute herniated disc injury. However, more commonly, a bulging or herniated disc results from age-related disc deterioration that weakens the disc.

When the disc herniates, and the center pushes into your spinal canal, it can press on your spinal nerves, causing radiculopathy (nerve compression). Radiculopathy can trigger pain that’s sometimes severe and often shooting or burning. Other symptoms include tingling, prickling, numbness, and weakness.

Symptoms of radiculopathy tend to follow the path of the compressed nerve. That means you experience symptoms in your arms if you have cervical radiculopathy (compressed neck nerves) or legs if you have lumbar radiculopathy or sciatica (compressed lower back nerves).

How does spinal decompression help with herniated discs?

The gentle stretching movements your spine undergoes during spinal decompression create a vacuum-like effect. This pulls any bulging or herniated material back into your disc.

Spinal decompression clears up back pain and any radiculopathy symptoms. For example, patients with a herniated disc in their lower back may experience shooting sciatic pain down their legs. Spinal decompression restores the herniated portion of the disc to its proper position, causing pain to vanish.

The length of your spinal decompression and how often you need treatment varies between patients. On average, spinal decompression treatments take about 20 minutes, and patients have several sessions a week. The process typically lasts up to eight weeks.

If you’re living in pain because of a herniated or bulging disc, the Spine Care of Manassas Chiropractic Center team can develop a spinal decompression treatment plan that works for you. To benefit from this effective solution, call the office today or book an appointment online.  

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