4 Do’s and Don’ts of Spinal Decompression

Your Guide to Spinal Decompression

Your body is strong, even when you’re not taking the best care of it. Your muscles can usually heal themselves, barring any degenerative disease, and your bones can do the same. Sometimes, though, your body needs a little bit of help in healing itself. Surgery procedures, though usually helpful, are invasive as they require cutting your body open, cutting the problem open, or cutting it out, and sewing you back up, leaving you completely reliant on a variety of medicines just to function. Most people don’t have the time to take off of work, or the money to pay for this kind of treatment, even if they may need it. For those who can’t afford surgery to alleviate certain spinal ailments, some relief may be found in spinal decompression treatments. Always consult your doctor before using spinal decompression to treat serious ailments, but also make sure to do your research by asking questions at different facilities before going through with therapy.

1) DO Consider Spinal Decompression for Spine-Related Discomfort

There are dozens of possible causes of back pain and discomfort. Some of these causes can only be alleviated through surgery, but after a diagnosis from your doctor, you will have a clearer understanding of what is hurting you, and what can be done to fix the problem. With both surgical and non-surgical spinal decompression available, your doctor will be able to tell you if you are a candidate for non-surgical spinal decompression. It is possible that with painful conditions that affect your back and legs, like sciatica, and a variety of causes of neck and shoulder pain. These are conditions that can usually be treated with some amount of spinal decompression therapy.

2) DON’T get Spinal Decompression if You are Pregnant

Pregnancy can be a joy for some, but a long run of different kinds of back pain for others. It is possible to experience sciaticawhile you are pregnant. This is caused by the unborn baby pressing against the sciatic nerve, whose irritation is the cause of sciatica in anyone. While there is no one way to treat sciatica in pregnant women, it is commonly accepted that spinal decompression is not a good option if you are pregnant. However, there are chiropractic services available that are specifically for pregnant women seeking spinal adjustment. 

3) DO Ask Your Physical Therapist about Additional Stretches and Exercises

Your recovery from injury or from pain relies on your own willingness to proactively follow your therapist’s orders. This means doing what your therapist asks you to do when you feel pain or discomfort, and are away from them. While your therapist can never prescribe medicine for you, your doctor can, and your therapist can recommend braces, hot or cold packs, exercise equipment, or other ways of managing pain.  

4) DON’T Rely on Internet Searches

Here in the Information Age, one of the biggest temptations is the temptation to self-diagnose ailments. Because we are not all doctors, this can be dangerous, and lead to injury and improper dosages of medication. Your doctor and physical therapist are always the best option when you are experiencing pain, and are unsure of the cause. Even if you are sure of the cause, turning to a trained professional for assistance in managing or alleviating your pain will save you time, pain, and stress. Contact us today if you would like to have a free consultation with a Dallas chiropractor.

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