Is Chiropractic Spinal Decompression Safe?

Wondering if spinal decompression is safe and whether it’s the right option for your back issues? Chiropractic spinal decompression has become a popular option for back pain sufferers because it can help alleviate discomfort while promoting healing of the vertebrae.

If you’re having back issues in Northern New Jersey areas such as Oakland, Wayne, Fair Lawn and Closter, read on for information which could help you feel less pain and get back to living a more active life.

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical procedure which gently stretches the spine. This stretching can alter the spine, helping relieve pressure which can then alleviate the bulging or herniation of the spinal disks. This can relieve the pressure on the nerves and fosters a healthier spine environment, allowing for healing fluids to flow more easily throughout the disks.

What types of spine issues does spinal decompression help to treat?

The good news is that nonsurgical spinal decompression can be beneficial for a variety of different types of back, neck and leg conditions. These include:

Your treatment may be combined with other spinal therapies, depending on what you and your chiropractor decide on in advance. Complementary surgeries include electrical stimulation, ultrasound and heat therapy.

Does spinal decompression hurt?

The short answer is most likely you won’t experience any discomfort or pain because spinal decompression is a gentle and gradual process. Some patients report noticing a satisfying stretching feeling while others enjoy the relaxation of lying on the table. Yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to fall asleep or zone out during your spinal decompression sessions!

Initially, as your body adjusts to the stretching of spinal decompression, your back muscles may feel a bit achy or sore, but this typically dissipates after initial sessions. After each session, you should begin to notice less pressure in your spinal region and greater improvements as your sessions progress. While you may be excited by the feeling of relief you may notice early on in your therapy, it’s important to complete all of the recommended number of sessions to receive the maximum benefits.

What’s it like to have a spinal decompression?

If you’re considering receiving spinal decompression, you’re probably wondering what’s involved and what the experience will be like. Good news, it’s very easy and even relaxing! Our team here at Oakland Spine always prioritizes a patient’s comfort. During your procedure, you can stay fully dressed. You’ll lay down on a specially-designed computer-controlled table which fixes your body in place to allow for gentle stretching of the spine to occur.

One of Oakland’s experienced chiropractors will be there to meticulously control the procedure, fully customizing it to your exact needs. During the procedure, you’ll notice a feeling that’s similar to the stretching feeling you might do when you get out of bed in the morning or perform a yoga move. You can expect each session to last around 30 to 45 minutes with most patients needing between one to two dozen treatments over the course of several weeks to months.

Is spinal decompression safe?

Spinal decompression has been cleared by the FDA and is a safe, gentle, non-invasive procedure which is appropriate for patients with herniated, bulging or degenerated discs, long-term back pain, arthritis pain or chronic pain post-back surgery.

There are instances where spinal decompression are not appropriate, such as for patients with         spinal fractures, tumors of the spine, advanced osteoporosis and those suffering from abdominal aortic aneurysms. Patients who have had metal implants inserted into their spine should also not receive a spinal decompression. But, you don’t need to be concerned about this, because the thorough team at Oakland Spine reviews all of your medical history to ensure you’re receiving proper and safe treatments.

Options for Spinal Decompression in Northern New Jersey

If you’re looking for spinal decompression in Northern New Jersey, we have good news. Oakland Spine has four convenient locations which offer spinal decompression. Our offices are located in Oakland, Wayne, Fair Lawn and Closter, New Jersey, with weekend and evening hours to make treatment easy for you to obtain. If you have chronic back pain and would like to explore all of the benefits of spinal decompression, reach out to the New Jersey office closest to you. We’re here to help customize your treatment plan to help minimize pain and get you back to enjoying life with less pain and more activity and mobility.