Gravity puts your spine under constant compression
So while we have to thank gravity for stopping us from floating away, we also have to contend with this compressive force that is constantly putting our spines under pressure. Along the course of our lives, there will be many other forces that contribute compression to our backs, some of which are not in our control (think, injury). However, there are many things we can control including posture! Posture is one of the most important factors in preventing compression to the spinal cord. For example, forward head posture, in which a person's head is held forward from the balanced position atop the spine by a matter of inches, magnifies the downward pressure on the spine. Over time, poor posture and compressive forces will conspire to narrow the spinal canal, creating a whole host of problems. Common compression related spinal problems include: herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica and pinched nerves.
Decompression therapy is the logical answer to compression-related conditions
Chiropractic utilizes a number of modalities to provide decompression therapy for spines suffering from constant compression. Spinal elongation rests upon the idea that we can reduce compression and open up space between vertebrae, allowing intervertebral discs the space they respite they need from compression. In so doing, your discs can rehydrate and in certain cases, bulging material may even retract to its original position. Modalities we use at Scorca Chiropractic to encourage spinal elongation include:
- Manual and mechanical traction
- Chiropractic adjustment
- Physical therapy
Spinal elongation and decompression are pain relief embodied
Decompression therapy is an effective tool for managing pain associated with compression-related conditions. However, it is not for everyone or all types of conditions; to find out if it is right for you, give our office a call to schedule an appointment today.