Spinal Decompression Therapy: Best Kept Secret for Back Pain
With 60 million Americans afflicted with back pain every year, I am amazed how many people have never heard of Spinal Decompression Therapy. I am not sure as to why it is kept such a secret. Given its success, it is a surprise to me that it is not used more or even offered in more health care settings.
Pain in the back or neck is usually a result of poor joint function, joint irritation, muscle tightness and spasm, and disc-related problems, most of which are caused by compressive forces on the spine. This can be a result of a major trauma such as an automobile accident. Repetitive stress to the spine over time, which includes poor posture from sitting all day or working at a desk and computer all day, can also affect the spine and cause pain. With our sedentary lifestyles and the forces of gravity placed on our spines every day, our spines become very compressed. Over time, this can lead to spinal problems and pain.
Spinal decompression offers a safe non-invasive therapy for the treatment of lower back and neck pain. Many who experience numbness, tingling or pain in their extremities should be aware of spinal decompression therapy. It can be a great option to reduce suffering by decompressing the compressed joints and nerves of the spine. In our office we have had great success helping those suffering with lower back pain, neck pain, sciatica, and arm and hand numbness, tingling and pain.
I often hear people say that they have tried everything - yet they are in my office still suffering in pain and searching for answers. From heavy doses of pain pills and physical therapy to shots and epidurals, they still suffer. In my opinion, pain meds and shots in the spine are only masking the problem and offer only temporary relief for most. In time, the true problem will worsen and you will often be left with only one choice: surgery!
Surgery should be your last resort. Spinal surgery has far greater risks than most other non-invasive therapies. Because spinal decompression offers a safe, non-surgical approach to back pain, I believe that it should be explored before other options. Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment that stretches the spine and its surrounding supporting tissue. The theory is that stretching the spine will assist in taking pressure off of compressed spinal discs and nearby joints, thereby helping to relieve pain.
The stretching process can also release pressure from the spinal nerves responsible for pain. It also allows the blood supply as well as nutrients to return to the discs and encourages the body's natural healing process. If you suffer with chronic lower back or neck pain, have reduced motion in your spine and tight muscles, suffer with sciatica or have numbness, tingling or pain in your extremities, spinal decompression therapy may be just what you need to help with your pain and suffering.
Please join us on September 24, at 7 p.m., at the Bay Village Lodge located on Bradley Road for our Dinner with the Doc. Can’t make it to the dinner, call our office at 440-331-4744 for a free, no obligation consultation to see if spinal decompression therapy is right for you.
Dr. Bryan Ruocco is a local chiropractor and wellness advocate. He owns and operates the Power of LIFE Wellness Center located in Rocky River. Dr. Ruocco graduated from the Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, GA. He graduated in the top of his class and received Magna Cum Laude Honors.