The body is a well-tuned machine that makes sure that it moves constantly and functions appropriately. The body is also home to the organ systems, muscle tissues, skeletal joints, and cellular structures, where it’s their job to make sure that the body is working and getting the nutrients that it needs to keep everything working together. When different scenarios start to affect the body, it can cause different types of issues that can not only damage the body but also cause it to be dysfunctional. These scenarios can be done internally or externally to the body and can damage the organs, joints, or even the spine. In this article, we will be looking at what the spine does and what spinal decompression therapy is. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers specializing in spinal decompression therapy. To that end, and when appropriate, we advise our patients to refer to our associated medical providers based on their examination. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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What Does The Spine Do?
The spine is located in the back and makes sure that the body is not falling apart as it is the body’s central support structure. Research studies have shown that as part of the musculoskeletal system since the spine is connected to different parts of the muscle tissues that make sure that the body is moving. The spine’s primary function is to help the body sit, stand, walk, twist, and bend as it is in motion. A healthy spine will have these natural curves that will absorb shocks that the body encounters and protect the spine itself from injury in an S-shaped curve. Other research studies have shown that the spine comprises bone, cartilage, ligaments, nerves, and muscles that play an integral role in how the spine is formed and how it functions. The many different parts that make up the spine include:
- Facet joints
- Intervertebral disks
- Spinal cord & nerves
- Soft tissues
When back pain or spinal injury starts to affect the back and the spine, many back issues will begin to affect the spinal health over time. This is due to the spine’s vertebrae and disks wearing down due to age, and that can cause the individual pain. There are ways to lessen the pain from the spine, and that is through spinal decompression therapy.
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The spinal cord is made of soft tissues. It encompasses the spine as the spinal cord is a part of the central nervous system. Research studies have shown that spinal cord injury is when there is damage to any part of the spinal cord or damaged nerves that can often cause permanent changes in a person. Some of the symptoms caused by spinal cord injury can be complete, where all the sensory and motor functions are lost below the neck, or incomplete, where a person will have some of the motor and sensory functions below the waist. All is not lost as there is therapy rehabilitation to strengthen the spine and spinal cord from incomplete spinal cord injury, and one of those rehabilitations is spinal decompression therapy.
What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Since the spine provides support to the body, spinal injury or spinal degeneration to the spine can cause excruciating pain to anybody. Around 80% of individuals usually suffer from a back injury. Research studies have shown that when a person is feeling severe pain in the spine, it is due to the compression that puts loads of pressure on the spinal cord or the nerves themselves. The best way to relieve the spinal cord’s stress is through spinal decompression therapy.
Research studies have found that spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical decompression therapy that involves stretching the spine by using a traction table to relieve back pain or even leg pain that a person is suffering from. Other research studies have stated that spinal decompression therapy can also reduce the pressure on the intervertebral disc by supplying nutrients and oxygen back to the disc. This will cause relief to those pressurized discs as it causes negative pressure on the spine. Once a person receives spinal decompression therapy, they will notice a significant pain reduction in their spine and a higher increase in their range of motion as they become pain-free.
All in all, it is essential to make sure that the spine is healthy. Since the body is a well-tuned machine, it is necessary that the spine is being taken care of. Even though there are many scenarios that the body can get into when a person gets a back injury, it is crucial to recover and go to therapy sessions to relieve the pain, or else it will get worse over time. Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical option that many individuals can utilize. It provides a gentle stretch on the spine, causing instant relief to the compressed spinal disc that is causing a person pain. Using spinal decompression as a therapy option can make a person pain-free and get them back on their wellness journey.
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