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The Effects Of Spinal Decompression Therapy

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Can individuals dealing with neck and back pain find the relief they need from the effects of spinal decompression therapy?

Introduction

Across the world, many individuals deal with neck or back pain from excessive sitting or standing, poor posture, or lifting heavy objects that cause their spine and muscles to ache constantly. Since the body is in constant movement, the spine is being compressed through repetitive movement that can cause the spinal discs to pop out of their original position and aggravate the surrounding nerves to cause pain-like symptoms in the neck and back regions. Many people start to complain about their necks and backs hurting and feeling referred pain in different locations in the upper and lower body portions. This can range from acute to chronic, depending on the severity of the pain. When people are experiencing these musculoskeletal pain disorders in their bodies, many will seek treatment to alleviate the pain in their necks and backs to return to their daily routines. Hence why, treatments like spinal decompression can have a positive effect on providing the relief that many individuals deserve. Today’s article looks at why the neck and back in the human body are the most common pain areas many people endure and how spinal decompression can reduce neck and back pain. We speak with certified medical providers who incorporate our patients’ information to provide various techniques to relieve neck and back pain from the body. We also inform patients how treatments like decompression can reduce musculoskeletal pain disorders from the neck and back. We encourage our patients to ask intricated questions to our associated medical providers about the pain-like symptoms they are experiencing correlating with their neck and back. Dr. Alex Jimenez, D.C., utilizes this information as an academic service. Disclaimer.

 

Why Are The Neck & Back Common Pain Areas?

Do you feel muscle tension in your neck after being hunched on the computer or your phone for a long time? Do you feel aches and pains in your back after carrying or lifting a heavy object? Or do you feel tingling or numbness in your arms or legs? Many of these pain-like symptoms are often correlated with neck and back pain that can be a nuisance to many individuals. So why is it that the neck and back of the human body are the most common pain areas that many people worldwide endure? Many people with highly demanding jobs often perform normal movements repetitively, which causes stress on the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and joints, and the accessory muscles will begin to be overworked and tight. Neck and back pain are amongst the most common symptom-related complaints that contribute to high levels of lost workdays, disability, and health care use. (Corwell & Davis, 2020) This causes many individuals to have unwanted socio-economic stress when they visit their primary care doctors. Additionally, neck and back pain are non-neurologic causes in the musculoskeletal system; these can generate pain in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal discs, articular cartilage, and bone. (Meleger & Krivickas, 2007) To that point, when neck and back pain are not treated right away, it can lead to correlating pain symptoms that can lead to a life of disability. Since the spine has multiple structures, from the neck to the lower back, when a person is in pain, it can lead to various pain generators that can cause some visceral pain. (Patel et al., 2015) Hence why, neck and back pain are multi-factorial and lead to numerous disorders.

 

 

When it comes to reducing neck and back pain from the body, many individuals will seek medical treatment to relieve themselves from the pain. However, many primary care doctors will assess their patients to determine what the root cause of their pain by taking notes of their daily routine. Many normal causes of neck and back pain can be due to:

  • Poor Posture
  • Stress
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Trauma/Injuries
  • Excessive sitting/standing
  • Lifting/carrying heavy objects

These causes can lead to a life of disability and affect a person’s quality of life; however, luckily, many individuals have researched and looked for treatment that is cost-effective and can help reduce the pain they are experiencing.


Understanding Academic Low Back Pain- Video

Do you feel aches and pains in your neck and back? Do you feel stress in your muscles that cause you to feel miserable? Or do you feel pain in your upper or lower body portions affecting your daily routine? Many of these scenarios correlate with neck and back pain, a common issue many individuals experience. If not treated right away, it can lead to a life of disability and, for working individuals, lose a day of work. However, many individuals seek cost-effective treatments that can help reduce the pain affecting their necks and back. Treatments like chiropractic care, traction therapy, massage therapy, and spinal decompression are all non-surgical, affordable, and can help reduce pain-like symptoms associated with neck and back pain. The video above explains the causes of academic low back pain and how non-surgical treatments like chiropractic care can work with additional therapies to prevent back and neck pain from returning. At the same time, when individuals begin to reduce their workload and educate themselves on what to do to avoid neck and back pain from returning, they can start feeling better. (Tyrdal et al., 2022)


The Effects Of Decompression On Neck & Back Pain

As part of the non-surgical treatments, spinal decompression can help many individuals dealing with neck and back pain. What spinal decompression does is incorporate gentle traction on the spine to decompress the affected spinal disc that can be associated with neck and back pain. When the spine is being treated with spinal decompression, the gravitational traction pull helps produce a greater disc space on the spine to decrease intradiscal pressure and pain. (Vanti et al., 2021) This allows all the nutrients and fluids to return to the spine and spinal discs while promoting the body’s natural healing process.

 

 

Additionally, many individuals with neck and back pain will begin to notice a huge reduction in their pain and disability through consecutive treatment. (Vanti et al., 2023) By incorporating healthy habits to reduce the chances of neck and back pain from returning, many individuals can make small changes to their daily routine. This allows them to have a positive outlook and continue their health and wellness journey.


References

Corwell, B. N., & Davis, N. L. (2020). The Emergent Evaluation and Treatment of Neck and Back Pain. Emerg Med Clin North Am, 38(1), 167-191. doi.org/10.1016/j.emc.2019.09.007

Meleger, A. L., & Krivickas, L. S. (2007). Neck and back pain: musculoskeletal disorders. Neurol Clin, 25(2), 419-438. doi.org/10.1016/j.ncl.2007.01.006

Patel, V. B., Wasserman, R., & Imani, F. (2015). Interventional Therapies for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Focused Review (Efficacy and Outcomes). Anesth Pain Med, 5(4), e29716. doi.org/10.5812/aapm.29716

Tyrdal, M. K., Veierod, M. B., Roe, C., Natvig, B., Wahl, A. K., & Stendal Robinson, H. (2022). Neck and back pain: Differences between patients treated in primary and specialist health care. J Rehabil Med, 54, jrm00300. doi.org/10.2340/jrm.v54.363

Vanti, C., Saccardo, K., Panizzolo, A., Turone, L., Guccione, A. A., & Pillastrini, P. (2023). The effects of the addition of mechanical traction to physical therapy on low back pain? A systematic review with meta-analysis. Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc, 57(1), 3-16. doi.org/10.5152/j.aott.2023.21323

Vanti, C., Turone, L., Panizzolo, A., Guccione, A. A., Bertozzi, L., & Pillastrini, P. (2021). Vertical traction for lumbar radiculopathy: a systematic review. Arch Physiother, 11(1), 7. doi.org/10.1186/s40945-021-00102-5

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