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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas Harvey

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression for Bulging Disc

Anyone who has experienced lower back pain can attest to how uncomfortable it is. It tends to disrupt your life in more ways than one until you are able to get a lasting solution. At times it gets so bad until all you want is a form of pain relief. This is where spinal decompression comes in. there are two types of spinal decompression therapy; surgical and non-surgical. For this study, we will focus on nonsurgical spinal decompression and how it can help with a bulging disc.

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a nonsurgical procedure that is used to relieve lower back pain. It is a motorized traction that involves the separation of joints, disks and joints. This in turn creates some form of negative pressure to the discs thereby relieving them of pressure. Spinal decompression is mostly operated through a computer this is to;

• Allow the practitioner to effectively adjust traction force.

• Regulate traction’s angle

• Regulate period of traction force application.

Generally, the use of a computer is to guarantee your safety. Some types of spinal decompression require you to lie on your stomach and others your back. Here’s How Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression can help with Bulging Disc.

Spinal decompression and bulging discs.

Discs are circular cushions of tissue that rest between two adjacent spinal vertebrae. These intervertebral spinal discs usually have a gel-like center that is protected by a tough cartilage. Over time, this cartilage becomes worn out, exposing the soft cartilage. A bulging disc, also known as a protruding disc or slipped disc, mostly occur on the lower back. It is mostly caused by disc degeneration or aging and is often not a sign of anything serious. Sometimes, bulging discs are caused by injuries which push the disc to the spinal canal. Nonsurgical spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine using a machine that is FDA approved.

How it works.

Your chiropractor or practitioner first ties a harness around the pelvis or trunk area and May then ask you to lie on your back or face down. They then stretch the back gently, changing the position of the spine. This change in pressure and position causes the bulging discs to retract, relieving the spinal structures and nerves off pressure.

Once the discs are back in place, movement of nutrient-rich fluids, oxygen and water is enhanced. It is these components that help the herniated discs to heal. This therapy generally takes about 20-45 minutes and you may require a couple of sessions over a couple of weeks before you are fully healed. Nonsurgical compression is also used to treat;

• Neck or back pain

• Spinal joints that are worn out

• Spinal nerve roots that is diseased or injured.

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is an effective method of treating herniated or bulging discs. It is less invasive and has been known to produce positive results. Before the actual therapy takes place, there are other treatment types that your chiropractor starts with. They include ultrasound, electrical simulations and cold or heat therapy

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