Dr. Johnson, Your Houston Chiropractor, answers spinal decompression FAQs
Many people have questions about Dr. Johnson’s manual spinal decompression technique, which alleviates back pain, neck pain and spinal injury difficulties. Please peruse our FAQ and if you have other questions, please Contact Us here
Questions about Manual Spinal Decompression?
What is manual spinal decompression?
Dr. Johnson performs this unique manual technique to relieve the pressure from intervertebral discs. It involves a quick stretch and release of the spine and it helps to actually reshape and rehydrate damaged, herniated, and degenerative, bulging discs to relieve the pinched nerves and the resulting back pain and neck pain. Dr. Johnson carefully positions you as you lie on a special, padded, sectioned table. After fully stabilizing your hips and locking you into position, he performs a quick pull at the top of the spine to stretch and release every single vertebra from the sacrum to the base of the skull.
What conditions does this treatment alleviate?
Sciatica, neck pain, back pain, spinal injury and even headaches that stem from nerves pinched by degenerative, bulging or herniated discs.
How does spinal decompression therapy work?
Manual decompression therapy relieves pressure from the shock-absorbing discs between vertebrae. A spinal injury, chronic poor posture or other health conditions can damage these discs so they cannot perform their cushioning duties. This causes severe neck and back pain. A series of Dr. Johnson’s manual decompression therapy sessions aims to create quick, effective vacuum forces inside of these discs. This vacuum pressure pulls fresh circulation and hydration back into the disc, which helps to reshape it back into a healthy position. Reshaping the discs takes pressure off of pinched nerves and relieves back and neck pain while providing pain alleviation from the disc itself—all without drugs or surgery.
How can spinal decompression work with Chiropractic care?
Correct spinal and body alignment is usually a multifaceted issue that requires a multifaceted approach. A spinal injury or condition usually requires Chiropractic care to realign subluxations (vertebrae that are not in correct alignment). But disc problems may still be present and need treatment even after the vertebrae are realigned. This is why certain patients also need complementary therapies like decompression to address all facets of their back pain, neck pain, spinal injury, sciatica, headaches, etc.
Who might be a good candidate for spinal decompression? Is there anyone who should not have this treatment?
Spinal decompression is safe for most patients, and is especially helpful when drugs and surgery are poor options. Dr. Johnson will do a complete examination and go through your extensive medical history to make sure there are no conditions that could cause problems (this may not be the best option for patients with advanced osteoporosis, pregnancy and extensive nerve damage).
How many manual spinal decompression treatments does it take before I see improvement?
This depends greatly on your individual condition, but generally speaking, long-term relief can be achieved after somewhere between 4-8 sessions.