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Whether pain strikes in the back, the leg, or the neck, it can make it impossible to perform normal activities. Many patients who visit our Gateway Family Chiropractic office find their entire lives focused on getting relief from pain. Fortunately, our chiropractor in Loveland, CO offers spinal decompression as a treatment option. This is a natural therapy that avoids surgery or medication while providing an optimal environment for self-healing.
Healthcare providers use two types of spinal decompression, surgical and nonsurgical. Chiropractic therapy to relieve pain utilizes only the nonsurgical type.
Treatment using nonsurgical spinal decompression involves using a kind of motorized traction to treat conditions such as:
Chiropractic spinal decompression uses a traction or motorized table to relieve pressure on the affected discs by moving the patient’s spine. This in turn eliminates pain once pressure drops on nerves and other structures within the spine. Stretching and periodically relaxing the spine changes both its force and position. Our chiropractor accomplishes this by making changes on a computer to customize the therapy for each patient’s needs.
A treatment formulates negative pressure inside a disc. This results in multiple benefits. Spinal decompression pulls the contents of a bulging or a herniated disc back into the disc. A secondary benefit is improving the efficiency of nutrient passage into the disc to create a better environment in which healing can occur.
The first step toward relief from persistent back, leg, or neck pain is an evaluation by our chiropractor. Our doctor makes a diagnosis after a comprehensive physical exam, a discussion of health history, an evaluation of a Gateway Family Chiropractic patient’s symptoms, and any helpful diagnostic tests.
Once an individual has a diagnosis, we recommend a customized course of treatment to relieve pain without the use of surgery or medication. Of the five Colorado chiropractors who have earned national certification in spinal decompression, two are part of our practice.
A spinal decompression session usually lasts no more than 45 minutes. A course of treatment is typically between four and six weeks.
A patient remains fully clothed during a treatment session. While the individual is lying on a table that is partially movable and motorized, we place a harness around his or her hips. This harness fastens to a section of the table near the individual’s feet. This portion of the table moves back and forth as our doctor at the computer transitions the patient between traction and relaxation. Although the individual should experience a stretching sensation in the spine, a spinal decompression session should not cause pain.
Some patients are not good candidates for spinal decompression. This therapy is not appropriate for individuals who are pregnant or who have a fracture, abdominal aortic aneurysm, tumor, spinal implants that are metal, or advanced osteoporosis. Other contraindications include having a history of spinal fusion, failed back surgery, or lack of improvement in pain after more than one surgery. Individuals who take blood thinning medication or have any of a variety of spinal conditions such as osteoporosis or spondylolisthesis are not good candidates.
Is pain interfering with your normal daily activities? Don’t continue to suffer when our chiropractor in Loveland, CO can provide relief using natural methods. Our three chiropractors, Dr. David Hughes, Dr. Michael Hughes, and Dr. Shannon Bundy, provide services to families in the Loveland, Windsor, Greeley, Fort Collins, and Berthoud areas. We offer expert, neurologically based care using a variety of chiropractic techniques to patients of all ages. Call our Gateway Family Chiropractic office today at 970-669-7620 to schedule an appointment and take the first step on your path to wellness.