Spinal Decompression to Help You Get Back to Health - Olathe Chiropractic

Spinal Decompression to Help You Get Back to Health

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A view of a athletic woman sitting on a bed. Her spine is highlighted digitally to show that she is experiencing back pain.

Do you like chiropractic adjustments but don’t like the popping or cracking sounds? Give spinal decompression a try! We use the Sigma Ultralign G2 adjusting instrument at our office. It’s a more gentle approach that doesn’t have the twisting, popping, cracking or crunching. Our patients find this type of computer-assisted adjustments extremely comfortable, and they notice vast improvements in their mobility and pain levels. Find out how spinal decompression works and how you benefit!


Your Back and Spine

Your back holds up your entire body, and thus takes pressure from every part of your body. All the limbs connect to your torso and back and most movements will affect your back in some way. Your back can take the pressure and movements of everyday living because it has a very strong structure—the spine—helping it. Your spine has the strongest bones in your body, and this is because it protects one of the most important systems in your body—the central nervous system.


That system consists of the brain and spinal cord. An injury to either will leave you paralyzed or without proper function somewhere in your body. This is why the spine is so thick and strong to fiercely protect the central nervous system. The backbones are the spinal bones and they consist of 33 vertebrae bones. These are the jagged-looking bones that make up your spinal column. Those vertebrae are able to move and pivot because of the joints and cartilage between them.


Over time with physical activity, wear and tear from age, and injuries, those vertebrae can go out of alignment. Sometimes the problem lies with the vertebrae themselves, or a nerve or disc pokes out of its usual alignment. This can create intense pressure and pain in patients. The body was meant to align in a specific way to make movement possible and pain-free. Pain, swelling, inflammation, an inability to move, muscle atrophy and more can happen when the spine and back go out of alignment. When this happens, it’s time to get a health assessment.


An empty spinal decompression chair to show patients what the chair looks like.

How to Know If You Have Back Issues

The tricky thing about back problems is that they can take weeks, months or even years to set in. If you have been in a car accident, always have a whiplash and health assessment within the first 24 hours and then anytime within the first year if you suddenly have health issues arise and you don’t know why.


If you feel any sudden or sharp back pains, especially with moving, turning or lifting, you will want to see a medical professional. Those movements are ones that notoriously cause bulging or herniated discs, pinched nerves, spinal misalignment and other issues that can become serious over time. Any areas in your back or limbs that experience neuropathy issues are also ones you want to have looked at.


Do you have numbness, tingling, chronic pain, muscle atrophy or a lack of range-of-motion? These are definitely back issues even if they seem so small and insignificant. If you have any of these symptoms, they indicate nerve damage from injury or misalignment that can become permanent over time. Essentially, any health symptom—mild or chronic—that wasn’t there before is something that should be looked at. Any symptoms that go on for weeks or longer should definitely be addressed.


Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a rehabilitative therapy that treats back problems naturally, without the use of narcotic pain medications or surgery. 30+ million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic back pain. Often, it’s because their back or spine is not aligned properly. This puts strain and stress on your vertebrae, nerves, joints and many other parts of your body.


Many patients seek to mask pain with narcotics, or to get invasive surgical procedures to fix the issue. However, these can be addictive, very expensive, and they may not even treat the issue. That’s why you should give chiropractic therapies a try. Chiropractors are trained to help patients rehabilitate by providing a series of exact, corrective and gentle adjustments to the vertebrae of the back.


Using hands-on methods, chiropractors can pop and move parts of your body back into their proper place. Through their training, they are able to naturally relieve problems with sciatica, herniated or compressed discs, compressed nerves, subluxations, vertebrae misplacement and more. It’s a safe and natural method of rehabilitation and healing that children, adults and seniors can all receive.


A patient strapped into a spinal decompression chair to help adjust their back.

How Can Spinal Decompression Help?

There are various forms of chiropractic care and one of those is spinal decompression. Spinal decompression can be a surgical procedure, but with rehabilitative methods, it is not. Patients receive spinal decompression treatments when a patient has pressure on their spinal cord from inflammation, swelling, fluids and injuries. Surgery can help patients, but only part of the time. An alternative is spinal decompression as a chiropractic service.


With this service, we do a type of spinal decompression by gently stretching the spine. This stretching is done through chiropractic manipulation as well as using the Sigma Ultralign G2 machine that patients sit in. Through the gentle manipulations, we can pop bones and joints back into place. The misplacement of those are likely contributing to swelling, inflammation and fluid in the first place.


Spinal decompression can also help to fix herniated discs as well as pinched nerves. There are so many issues that can be fixed by simply getting the body put back into the right alignment! If you suffer from back pain, try giving spinal decompression and our other chiropractic services a try. Call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087 for your free consultation!


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