HOW DOES SPINAL DECOMPRESSION WORK?

Back pain is a problem experienced by millions of people. For those who suffer from constant low back pain, even the simplest tasks can be excruciating. In some cases, surgery can relieve chronic and continuous back pain, but not everyone is a strong candidate or willing to take the risk. For pain sufferers looking for an alternative to surgery, spinal decompression may be the answer. Spinal decompression is used by many chiropractors to treat back pain, but how does it work?

Computer Controlled

Spinal decompression treatments are controlled by computers to slowly pull and relax the spine. Advanced treatments allow chiropractors to target specific discs of the spine and use less force when working on a specific problem area. The computer system also enables chiropractors to control the angle of force and the amount of time force is applied. Depending on the unit used, patients lie on either stomach or back.

Relieve Nerve Pressure and Increase Blood Flow

The theory behind spinal decompression is straightforward: relieving pressure on the nerves in the back will decrease back pain. Slowly, vertebrae are separated and pressure on discs is reduced. Stretching increases the space between vertebrae, brings blood flow to herniated discs, and promotes natural healing – thereby avoiding surgery. It is believed that spinal decompression creates negative pressure, which pulls bulging discs into place and alleviates pain.

Slow but Effective

Back pain caused by herniated discs can either happen quickly or build over time. The non-invasive pain relief provided by spinal decompression generally occurs throughout a number of treatment appointments. Decompression works slowly to allow the discs to heal and reshape themselves. Spinal decompression eventually brings nutrients to the weakened discs. The natural healing process begins and continues as nutrients and blood allow for new cartilage fibers to be laid between vertebrae. The treatment benefits people with reoccurring back pain or continued pain after failed back surgery.

Are there Risks?

Spinal decompression is safe and non-invasive. It is a comfortable and slow procedure controlled by a chiropractor. Some patients may experience muscle spasms, but there are no real side effects or risks from the treatment. There are some instances in which certain patients are not good candidates for the treatment, such as those who are pregnant. It is also advisable to consider health history and past surgeries.

For questions about spinal decompression, how it works, and whether it is a treatment you’d like to try, contact Johnson Chiropractic. Johnson Chiropractic hopes to help you find relief from herniated discs, bulging discs, and back pain.

TREATMENT METHODS FOR MIGRAINE AND TENSION TYPE HEADACHES

There are few things more dreaded to interrupt your day than headaches. While migraines tend to be far worse than tension headaches, it is also important not to underestimate the sometimes detrimental effects of stress or tension on the pain you experience. Fortunately, if you suffer from either of these types of headaches, there are a number of ways you can approach treatment.

Medication

When it comes to headaches, the first thing an afflicted person will reach for is probably an over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. These can be very dangerous. Taking ibuprofen and other common NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) over a long period of time triples the risk of strokes and increases the likelihood of a heart attack, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. The new research, conducted at the University of Bern in Switzerland, involved a huge number of subjects; the data were drawn from more than 31 clinical trials involving 116,429 patients. Those who suffered strokes were found to be taking a normal recommended dose (400-600 mg) of ibuprofen three or four times a day.

If you’re regularly taking just a little too much Tylenol (generic name: acetominophen) over the course of the day, you could be permanently damaging your liver and not even know about it. In fact, people who regularly take slightly too much acetominophen over a period of time to relieve pain could be at a higher risk of dying than those who take single overdose of the drug. That’s the message from a study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in which researchers tested the blood of people admitted to the hospital and found that the danger of a “staggered overdose,” was much greater than previously thought, often because doctors can’t identify the problem in time to help.

Chiropractic Care

Many people do not like taking medication with regularity, and frequent headache sufferers who fall into this category are left wondering what to do. Luckily, there are a number of natural remedies for headaches available.
Several clinical trials indicate that spinal manipulation therapy (chiropractic care) may help treat migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines, 22% of those who received chiropractic manipulation reported more than a 90% reduction of attacks. Also, 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine.
In another study, people with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to receive spinal manipulation, a daily medication (Elavil), or a combination of both. Spinal manipulation worked as well as Elavil in reducing migraines and had fewer side effects. Combining the two therapies didn’t work any better.
In addition, researchers reviewed 9 studies that tested chiropractic for tension or migraine headaches and found that it worked as well as medications in preventing these headaches.

At Johnson Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, we have treated hundreds of patients who suffer from chronic migraines or tension headaches. We conduct a thorough exam with x-rays or MRI if needed to determine which part of the spine is causing the trouble. If your headaches stem from spinal issues, then the next step is to use our natural, gentle, and safe approaches that have proven to have significant positive effects for many years. If you have struggled with headaches and feel like you have tried everything, don’t hesitate to contact Johnson Chiropractic to schedule your free consult today.