What is Spinal Decompression, And How Does It Work?

Spinal injuries can cause many issues of pain and dysfunction. Symptoms include pain, loss of mobility, dizziness, weakness, spasms, incoordination, nerve damage, difficulty breathing, numbness and paralysis. Spinal problems were previously only treated through surgery and often rest. Now, we know a lot more about the back and neck and how to get you to recover faster.  At Regenerate Physiotherapy and Shockwave, our expert movement physiotherapists have helped hundreds of patients with back issues, relieving symptoms by using a variety of nonsurgical techniques. One example is spinal decompression therapy or traction. We offer specialized decompression bed that uses a computerized stretches to your spine muscles. This can help ease pressure in painful areas. The non-invasive nature of this procedure makes it the go-to treatment for patients with spine-related problems. In addition to this treatment, your physiotherapist will perform a thorough neurological and muscle exam to help diagnosis your injury. Back pain can come from a variety of tissues and even organs, so diagnosis is paramount. If there are any concerns, your therapist may send you for imaging, back to the doctor or recommend other treatment, procedures or exams. Spinal decompression treatment is only one of many treatments and techniques that we use, and is never used in isolation. This means your part in the healing process may require back targeted exercises or stretches, education or other treatments.  

Why do We Offer Spinal Decompression Treatment at our Physiotherapy Clinic in Edmonton?

Spinal problems can arise acutely, as in a traumatic injury or accident, or slowly over time, where joints and tissues settle into poor positions, creating pressure where there should be none. Whether acute or chronic, the effects of spinal pressure and dysfunction can be intensely uncomfortable. Because your spine is a major core component of your body, it affects all other major body systems – your skeletal system of course, but also your muscular system, nervous system, respiratory system, and even your lymphatic, digestive, urinary and circulatory systems. Decompression is exactly what it sounds like; your spine benefits from being decompressed, pulled gently into free alignment. Our physiotherapy clinic in Edmonton uses advanced traction devices in order to provide a precise amount of decompressive traction to your spine. 

What Can you Expect During Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Since each patient has different needs for their spinal decompression, the procedure may vary slightly from patient to patient; however, the basics of the process remain the same. Also, this is only part of your full and thorough rehabilitation process. Your therapist will guide you with appropriate movement patterns, exercises and stretches. 

Before arriving at our clinic: During the pre-therapy phase, please drink plenty of water before arriving at our clinic for decompression treatment. 

During the treatment: When your therapy starts, you will lay down on the computer-controlled table. Depending upon the type of decompression you need, you may be lying face down or face up. A slow and gentle stretch is applied to your spine with the help of the moving table. Usually, the pressure is applied in successions until complete decompression is achieved. The whole procedure takes less than an hour, and you can get back to your usual daily life activities immediately. 

After decompression: Once your spinal decompression is complete, you can go home or back to work. Depending on your specific needs, we may suggest exercises for you to perform at home, or the use of cold or hot packs.

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