Targeted Decompression – A healthy spine has the vertebrae that protects the spinal cord separated by discs made of sponge-like tissue which absorb the shock of movement of the spine. Back and neck pain might be caused by several problems with the discs including:
Degenerative Disc Disease – the disc material itself loses volume and becomes thin which causes the bones of the vertebrae to rub against each other and the nerves exiting the spinal column to become pinched.
Herniated Disc – the disc material actually bulges out from the nucleus and may even rupture, putting pressure on the nerves that extend from the spinal cord. In some cases resulting in radicular nerve pain, most commonly known as Sciatica.
Benefits of Decompression
The goal of targeted decompression is to apply steady, gently distraction to the affected vertebrae which increases the space between them. This produces a few benefits:
Decompression takes pressure off of the discs, bone structures, and nerves in the area. This increases the flow of blood and nutrients to the discs promoting healing.
With this increased space, a bulging disc may flow back into the space between the vertebrae where it belongs.
Misaligned joints may see an improvement in alignment which gives them greater mobility.
There is now increased space for the spinal nerves to flow from the spine to other parts of the body.
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