Spinal decompression is a technique where you use a manual or mechanical technique to pull a disc back into its proper seat between the vertebrae as opposed to sitting against the spinal cord or against the spinal nerve roots. Spinal decompression can return that disc material back into its proper seat between the vertebrae.
Compression of spinal cord tissue and spinal nerve roots can lead to chronic pain and inflammation, as well as loss of physical function that could deprive you of your ability to live your everyday life or perform your job. Happily, major surgery is not the only means of relieving the symptoms of compressed nerve tissue. Here at Shadowood Chiropractic Center, we offer non-surgical spinal decompression to put your nervous system back into good working order.
When Nerve Tissue Becomes Compressed
The spinal cord is partly enveloped by the bones and joints of the spinal column, with its major nerve roots poking out through small gaps. While this arrangement can provide the sensitive nerve tissues with some protection against impacts, it can also cause its own share of pain and dysfunction. When spinal structures lose their correct position for whatever reason, they can press against the spinal cord or the spinal nerve roots. If this occurs in the cervical spine, you may experience cervical radiculopathy, which includes tingling, weakness, pain, or loss of feeling in the hands or arms. If it occurs in the lumbar spine, pressure against the sciatic nerve may produce similar sensations in the legs and feet — a syndrome we call sciatica.
What causes this compression of nerve tissue? The most obvious cause might be an accident injury that dislodges vertebral joints and/or allows herniated discs to push their inner materials onto the nerve roots. More commonly, however, chronic issues lead to spinal nerve compression. For example, if your discs lose some of their water content and “go flat,” they may bulge outward onto the nerve roots (where they may then herniate as well). Arthritic or overgrown vertebral joints, undiagnosed spinal alignment problems, or simple poor posture can put pressure on nerve tissue.