Sciatica Treatment: How Can Spinal Decompression Help You?
Suffering from ongoing pains in your legs and/or back due to sciatica? Then you may have been recommended for spinal decompression therapy – an age-old technique that doesn’t involve surgery or medication.
Spinal decompression dates back many years and involves stretching the spine to alleviate the symptoms experienced with a number of conditions, including sciatica. At first, this process may seem daunting, but as a tried-and-tested technique, it’s one of the most effective ways of treating the condition.
What Does Sciatica Treatment with Spinal Decompression Involve?
When you undergo spinal decompression therapy, you will be asked to lie on a table with a motorized section that moves the lower part. The specialist will place your hips in a harness, which is then attached to the table close to your feet.
The lower part of the table will bend downard toward the floor which stretches the spine while the upper part of the table stays in the same position. This provides you with the relaxation and traction technique that’s key to easing your sciatica. Some therapies will differ but only in how you’re positioned on the table (either on your back or your front).
At no point during this therapy session, or after it, should you experience any pain, but you should feel the sensation that your spine has stretched. This therapy often continues for around 15 to 30 treatments over a four- to six-week period, with each session lasting up to 45 minutes.
Is this Type of Sciatica Treatment Right for Me?
If you have sciatica, spinal decompression therapy is often recommended as an alternative, medication-free treatment. However, some patients aren’t eligible for this, including pregnant women, people with a spinal fusion, people with a broken vertebrae, people who’ve had failed back surgery, and people with an artificial disc or implant in their spine. Equally, if you have a spinal tumor, spinal infection, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, osteopenia or osteoporosis, ankylosing spondylitis, or a condition that requires blood-thinning medication, you may not be suitable either.
Whether or not spinal decompression therapy is right for you will be something your chiropractor in Middleburg can discuss with you, offering you a tailored treatment plan that combats your sciatica for good.
Suffering from sciatica and wanting to lead a pain-free life? Then get in touch with our expert team at Spring Chiropractic today by calling 904-276-5525.