From the word go, our spines are put under the ever-present downward force of gravity
For the first 20 years of life, most people enjoy a spine that is resilient to the compression of daily life- whether it be from gravity, poor posture, or something like the trauma imparted by sports. But how many of us took this golden age of spinal resilience for granted? As we move on from 20, compressive forces start to accumulate and cause damage- unless we do something about them! Growing older necessitates being more proactive about our spinal health and at Bay Area Spine Care Office, we are your resource for preventing and treating all things compression related.
Combating compression with spinal elongation
Spinal compression, when left to its own devices, creates problems ranging from subluxation and nerve compression to herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. When left alone, these changes can compound themselves and permanently change the curvature of your spine. At our office in Alameda, we use spinal elongation techniques to stretch the spine and offer a break from the constant cycle of compression that is causing havoc in your spine. These modalities include:
- Spinal adjustment to restore function and mobility to the joints and muscles that matter for keeping compression at bay.
- Manual and mechanical traction to gently stretch the spine, creating a negative intradiscal pressure that feels therapeutic while also allowing for the rehydration of spinal discs and the retraction of bulging disc material.
- Therapeutic exercise designed to take the gravitational pressure off impinged nerve roots.
As a method for providing profound short-term pain relief, and as one piece of a dynamic treatment plan for your back pain, decompression therapy through spinal elongation is an effective measure for people suffering from the effects of compression. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office in Alameda a call to schedule an appointment today.