Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression refers to a non-surgical chiropractic treatment used to help either reduce or alleviate symptoms created by spinal misalignment or other back-related conditions. If you suffer from disruptive pain associated with herniated discs, sciatica, arthritis, or degenerative disc disease, Dr. Mark Swigert at Live Well Chiropractic in Spanish Fort, AL can help relieve back pain and symptoms using spinal decompression and other chiropractic techniques.

What Happens During a Spinal Decompression?

Chiropractors have the option to use various techniques when providing a patient with spinal decompression therapy - manual or mechanical. And as each type of decompression therapy's name implies, mechanical decompression uses a motorized device to traction the spine. In contrast, manual decompression is a type of chiropractic manipulation technique that is done without motorized assistance.

During a spinal decompression therapy session, a patient lies on a chiropractic table designed for this therapeutic application. Dr. Swigert applies gentle spinal traction, which creates negative pressure within the spine's discs.

The resulting negative pressure helps a bulging or herniated disc (or pressured nerve) retract, promoting healing agents (oxygen & nutrients) to the areas affected. The result provides the patient with reduced pain and improved mobility.

The Benefits of Spinal Decompression

Although spinal compression's results vary by patient and condition being treated, the typical benefits a patient receives will include the following -

Reduces Nerve Pressure & Related Pain

When a disc becomes herniated or bulged, its misalignment often presses upon a nearby nerve. The result is pain, numbness, and tingling sensations, which can be alleviated when the disc retracts from spinal decompression.

Promotes the Flow of Nutrients

The negative pressure generated by spinal decompression promotes the flow of essential nutrients, like oxygen, water, and more, required for regeneration and healing. It strengthens affected tissue and reduces related pain/inflammation.  

Restores Proper Alignment

Spinal decompression therapy helps to restore proper and natural alignment, ultimately helping the spine to perform and function at an optimal level. A properly aligned spine reduces stress on muscles and joints, relieving pain and improving mobility.  

Contact a Leading Chiropractor on Alabama's Eastern Shores Today

Do you live in the Spanish Fort, AL, area and are interested in exploring the chiropractic techniques and services available by Dr. Swigert to help get you moving pain-free? Contact Dr. Swigert or a member of the Live Well Chiropractic's professional staff at 251-459-0098 or online.


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