Our backs carry in them more than just what we carry on them. Years of lifting, twisting, and hauling can compound and compress the muscles and spine. This can create the sensation of feeling heavy even if you aren’t carrying anything. Dr. Aaron Beck of Beck Chiropractic and Acupuncture can help Gardner, KS, area residents get relief with Decompression Therapy.
What is Compression?
Our bodies form a pillar with our arms being towards the top of it. When we carry something, the weight of the item goes from our arms right to our shoulders, immediately pulling the weight through our spine to our legs. This weight literally presses the vertebrae of the spine into one another. The occasional light load will not have much impact. However, carrying loads over periods of time, or a single heavy load once, can cause the pressing to remain. Impact trauma can also cause compression.
Less severe cases may lead to just feeling general stiffness. As the vertebrae compress, this can lead to the pinching of nerves. Depending on the location, this can lead to limb numbness or pain, weakness of extremities, even loss of bladder control.
What is Decompression Therapy?
Decompression therapy is a technique used to relieve the compression that has built up in the back. Spinal decompression is performed by gently elongating and stretching the spine. This is often done by using motorized traction. Imagine a padded rolling pin being used to roll out your back muscles and spine similar to a pie crust - up-and-down along the back (not side-to-side).
Decompression therapy works to remove the pressure that is being placed on the disks between the vertebrae. Removing this pressure also releases pinched nerves that were caused by compression. General decompression therapy helps improve circulation of oxygen and water through the bloodstream, particularly to the affected area. It has also been used to treat sciatica, bulging or herniated discs, and worn joints. Decompression therapy is often used in conjunction with spinal alignments to maximize the relief of all tension along the spinal column.
To find out if decompression therapy may be able to help you with your back problems, contact Beck Chiropractic and Acupuncture today. Dr. Aaron Beck and his team can help the Gardner, KS, area discover the relief they’ve been seeking.