Experience Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression in Pasadena, CA 

At Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena, CA, we believe that conservative and drug-free treatments for acute and chronic pain relief is ideal for most people looking to avoid surgery or expensive services. For this reason, we continually look for advanced chiropractic care services to offer our patients, including non-surgical spinal decompression. 

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What is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression? 

Non-surgical spinal decompression is primarily used in chiropractic care and physical therapy as a way to alleviate pain and other symptoms associated with lower back conditions. Decompression therapy imposes an intermittent (on/off) traction force on the spine, which is intended to impose a "negative" vacuum-like pressure on spinal discs. It's this inward pressure which is thought to attract healing nutrients and intracellular fluid to injured tissues, relieve pain and pull any injured disc material back into place. 

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Non-surgical spinal decompression is pain-free and gentle on the spine. Here's what to expect when you meet with our chiropractor for a session: 

  • You'll lie comfortably on a specialized traction table (face down or up).
  • The chiropractor will attach straps to your pelvis. These straps are attached to the lower portion of the table.
  • The lower portion of the table gently moves up and down, facilitating traction. 

Conditions Treated with Spinal Decompression 

If this chiropractic care technique focuses on "decompressing" the spine, you may wonder what exactly it means to have a "compressed" spine in the first place.

The main structure associated with "compression" in the spine is an injured disc. That is, a spinal disc which either protrudes out of place (disc bulge) or ruptures and leaks its inner fluids into the surrounding joint space (disc herniation) can both impinge and be impinged by other structures (joints, bones, and nerves). The healing and realignment of these discs can be drastically accelerated thanks to the effects of decompression therapy. 

In addition to disc injuries, additional conditions that may benefit from spinal decompression include:

  • Chronic cervical or lumbar back pain 
  • Sciatica (compression of the sciatic nerve) 
  • Lumbar radiculopathy 

Spinal decompression isn't for everyone, however—including pregnant women, people with osteoporosis, people with a history of spinal fusion surgery. Our chiropractic care staff will carefully work with you to ensure there are no contraindications to decompression therapy and that safe, effective, and drug-free alternative treatments are available.

Wondering if Spinal Decompression Could Help You Manage Your Health Condition? Contact Health Advantage Physical Medicine in Pasadena, CA

Contact Health Advantage Physical Medicine today at (626)-798-7805 to schedule an appointment with our Pasadena chiropractors or another member of our interdisciplinary wellness partners (including doctors of physical therapy and licensed massage therapists). Ask us about a FREE consultation!

Sound Advice On Spinal Decompression

Chronic pain is not something to treat lightly. While you may be able to keep it under control with consistent pain medication or even more invasive methods, there may be a better, more effective option.

Your spinal disks consist of soft, sponge-like material that cushion the vertebrae in your spine, preventing them from rubbing against each other. Many times, whether caused by accidents, poor posture, or other conditions, these disks either become compressed (meaning they shrink down to where the vertebrae may be touching), they become inflamed and bulge out, or are herniated (meaning that the disc is injured on the inside). All of these conditions can be extremely painful, and many times can be solved or helped with cervical or lumbar decompression.

When you have an injured disc, it’s not just the health of the vertebrae that you have to worry about. The spine is a hub for all of the nerves in your body, and having a bulging or slipped disc pressed up against a nerve can cause intense pain in your back, your neck, and even your legs (with a condition known as sciatica). With spinal decompression, we are able to cause a negative pressure on the spinal discs, allowing them to retract and even give healing cells and water the opportunity to repair the injured areas.

Contact us today to learn more about spinal decompression, discuss lower and upper back pain, lumbar decompression, or herniated discs, and we’ll show you why Health Advantage is Pasadena’s choice for alternative physical medicine with your free, no-obligation consultation.

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