Everything You Need to Know About Spinal Decompression Therapy

Alexandria Total Care Chiropractic is dedicated to treating the whole person—and helping people find the safest, most effective way back to health. A core part of our services is about helping you avoid surgeries if you do not want them, especially when it comes to surgical procedures on your back and/or neck. Surgeries can, of course, be a very effective way to provide relief from pain and fix ongoing problems, but they also require a lot of time, money, and recovery.
One innovative procedure that we use at Alexandria Total Care Chiropractic is spinal decompression therapy.

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is aptly named—it’s a way of relieving pain and pressure that is a result of discs being compressed together. By slowly and very slightly separating targeted spinal discs, the compressed vertebrae are able to be gently moved to allow nerves and herniated discs to move out of the pinched or compressed position and offer relief.

How Does it Work?

Spinal decompression therapy is—above all—an effective, safe, non-surgical treatment option. We use a special table called a Lordex Decompression Unit, which allows us to target separation in the exact spot where the nerves and/or discs are compressed. First, we assess all of our patients and perform an MRI to ensure we know exactly the source of the pain. Then, if a patient is a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy, we will determine a treatment plan. During a treatment, patients are safely positioned on a table and wear a special waist harness. We carefully select decompression pressure levels, and a traction device pulls on the patient’s spine, and we slowly separate the table. The separation itself provides relief as the discs separate. To see a video of how this works, check out Alexandria Total Care Chiropractic’s featured segment on WCPO Channel 9 News.

What Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Treat?

This form of treatment offers great relief with no side effects and is highly successful in treating:
• Herniated Discs
• Slipped Discs
• Bulging Discs
• Sciatica
• Facet Syndrome
• Stenosis
• Degenerative Joint Disease

Do Spinal Decompression Therapy Patients Need to Do Anything Else?

Although Spinal Decompression Therapy is very effective at relieving pain, it’s very important to follow a full treatment plan that includes muscle strengthening and stability exercises. Following a treatment, we help you through a series of strengthening exercises, and we ensure you leave with a plan on how to care for your back and/or neck. Some patients have problems that can be treated with a few short weeks of treatment, while others may have a much longer treatment plan.
If you have ongoing pain in your lower back, shooting pains down your legs, or sharp pains in your limbs and you’re looking for relief, give us a call! We will take time to assess your health, determine the cause of your pain, and provide a treatment plan to get you back on your way to a healthy, active life.

Call the Alexandria Total Care Chiropractic team at 859-448-0858 to learn more about how we can help you.