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  • Writer's pictureDr. S. Rallis DC, ND

Non-surgical spinal decompression for back pain and sciatica

Updated: Feb 25, 2019

Since 2008, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy has become an integral part of our clinic’s comprehensive spinal rehabilitation program.

This therapy is especially effective for back pain caused by herniated or degenerative discs or compressed spinal nerves or joints. #Sciatica or pain in the leg, radicular arm pain, neck or back pain are some good examples of this.

Essentially, spinal decompression reduces the pressure to the affected spinal areas. Even a small reduction in spinal loading to an irritated joint or nerve can result in a very significant improvement in symptoms. Even more valuable is that spinal decompression therapy reduces the pressure to the disc. By reducing intradiscal pressure, water, oxygen and restorative nutrients such as collagen are drawn back into the disc, allowing it to heal!

It also for this latter reason, that all patients are prescribed supportive nutritional protocols as part of their decompression program.

What makes an effective spinal decompression care plan?

First, having the right diagnosis i.e., is it the disc? Is it the facet joint, is the nerve being pinched somewhere i.e., in the glut or piriformis muscle, etc., and secondly, identifying complicating or contributing factors. Where many clinics fall down is this idea that only mechanical structures in the back cause lower back pain. Hormone disorders, persistent adrenal fatigue, GI or kidney irritation, weak muscular integrity, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune disorders are just some of the contributing or complicating factors –these must be addressed.

For this reason, spinal care plans at our office begins with a comprehensive integrative medical examination, a full functional assessment, including x-rays which are done on site and lab work if indicated. This assessment is designed to get to the root of your dysfunction.

Lastly, spinal decompression care must be supported through spinal adjustments, supportive stabilization exercises and as mentioned earlier a supportive anti-inflammatory nutritional protocol.

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