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Spinal Decompression and Chronic Backaches

Spinal Decompression
Written by Nancy

Among all chronic conditions that exist, back pains and spinal problems are one of the few ranked worst. Ever since primary school science established the significance of a healthy spine in our lives, adult experiences have always built upon this fundamental lesson.

There is no scientific evidence that denies the importance of maintaining the well-being of the vertebral column. Be it lifting heavy objects, bending to tie laces, turning around to look or simply lying straight on a mattress after a long day’s work—our daily actions are proof of how dependent our mobility is on our spine.

Though the statistics are not drastically different across the globe, 4 out of 5 Canadians complain of spinal discomfort during mid to late years of their lives. This is a fairly large percentage of the 10 people aged between 14 to 44 years who are reported to have a chronic ailment, as per results from the 2007–2008 survey.

With such wide-scale prevalence of back problems, the need for coming up with effective treatment plans to help alleviate pains or make them bearable at the very least becomes an urgent concern.

To help resolve this complexity which intrigues medical practitioners, spinal decompression emerged as a promising start to the road to recovery. Here is what you need to know about it.

What Is Spinal Decompression?Chiropractors

It is a recent, modern innovation of a non-surgical traction therapy which is used to restore spinal balance and reduce chronic pains. Even though traction therapy has been used in the past for years, spinal decompression is a new way of handling this chronic issue which is an intermittent way of using motorized traction.

The basic principle that traction therapy and now spinal decompression operates on is the spacing out of the spine to allow displaced, herniated discs to return back to their natural position. This reduces the pressure that the imbalance in the cord is causing to the spine thus causing pain.

As a result, the bulge caused by a hernia reduces and a lot of associated back problems also get relieved.

How Is It Different From Traction Therapy?

Chiropractors, osteopaths, and medical doctors have been practicing traction therapy for years which was fundamentally the same as its modern evolution but slightly different in technique.

While both depend on spacing out of the spine, traction therapy differs based on the extent to which it spaces out the vertebrae. During spinal traction when the cord is stretched, muscles respond by constricting and causing spasms. This ultimately reduces the spaces between the vertebrae.

On the contrary, during spinal decompression, the vertebrae are spaced out only to the extent that they don’t respond with spasms or tightening. This results in spacing out of the vertebrae thereby making room for displaced discs.

How Does It Relieve Pain?

Displaced vertebral discs are constantly burdening the misbalanced cord by exerting pressure on it to adjust back into the spine. What that results in is aggravating the problem causing intense chronic pain.Back Pains

Once the herniated discs are relocated correctly, also it results in pain relief and blood circulation, restoring the supply of nutrients. This reversion to the natural state of order restores health and begins the process towards complete spinal recovery.

If you are one of the many sufferings from chronic back pains, Divergent Healthcare clinic is here to help.

Based in Calgary, Canada, they are working to resolve chronic health problems through treatments and physiotherapy.

Their team of highly experienced chiropractors, physical therapists, and doctors follow a multidisciplinary approach to offer neck and knee pain relief, chronic pain management and massage therapy as well.

If you want a professional to assess your injury, contact them for an excellent medical service.

About the author



I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.

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