Low back pain and associated complications such as buttock pain, leg pain, sciatica, numbness, tingling and weakness is all too common in our society. The disability and agony that this causes in our lives is staggering. When treating any disease it is essential to identify the cause. Research shows that a large portion of these problems, both acute and chronic, are caused by the disc (also called discogenic pain).
The discs are jelly filled structures between the vertebrae which act like shock absorbers. They also maintain space between the vertebrae to allow the nerve, which runs from the spinal cord to the bodies tissues and back to the spinal cord, to send messages between the body and the brain. From injuries, lifting, aging, poor posture, occupation, tight muscles, sports and possibly genetics, the discs lose their ability to hold the fluid resulting in a loss of disc height. All of these result in a significant increases in the pressure inside the disc causing it to bulge (disc protrusion) or herniate (disc prolapse) whereby the gel leaves the disc and results in pressure on the nerve. This process results in the painful complaints causing patients to seek treatments by chiropractors.
Spinal Decompression For Low Back Pain
The obvious goal of any effective treatment would be to increase the distance between the vertebrae by an efficient amount to cause a decrease in the pressure in the disc thus causing decompression. This decompression should be accomplished at the specific disc or discs which are symptomatic therefore making targeted treatment imperative. Accomplishing decompression of the disc is done by pulling on the vertebrae above and below the injured disc in opposite directions axially (top to bottom).
This is commonly done in a chiropractic office with a technique called flexion distraction decompressive adjusting. It is scientifically proven and measured to substantially decrease the pressure inside the disc and draw the disc material back to the inside of the disc and thus decompressing not only the disc but the nerve tissues which help degenerate the pain, especially leg pain. This technique is performed manually, by the chiropractic doctor and specifically over the problematic discs. This technique has been thoroughly researched, published and proven to be very safe and effective.
The second way to decompress a disc non-surgically is with a more modern method of traction. This is not what is known as a straight axial traction (pulling from the upper and lower parts of the body in opposite directions). This traction is known as a “two way” traction. This is designed specifically to pull in the directions necessary to cause an increase in the normal curvature of the lumbar spine. Many patients suffering from lumbar disc disease have an abnormally decreased curvature in the low back.
It is well known that if the lumbar curvature is increased, the weight on the disc is decreased, therefore decompressing it. Achieving spinal decompression by curve restoration is usually relatively easy to maintain thus resulting in a satisfactory immediate result but also long term outcome with preservation of the relief obtained. These mechanical treatments are natural to the body therefore provide more lasting results which are easy to support and maintain. These procedures are covered by patient’s health insurance which makes them not only effective but affordable.
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