Spinal Decompression

Arundel Medical Group, Inc.

Primary Care Practice & Chiropractor located in Glen Burnie, MD

Upper or lower back pain, sciatica, and nerve conditions can cause significant pain that can interfere with your daily life. Spinal compression therapy is a safe, non-surgical option to address spine-related pain. The skilled team at Arundel Medical Group, Inc. offers spinal compression therapy as well as other medication-free options to relieve pain and restore mobility and function. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call the office in Glen Burnie, Maryland, today or request an appointment online.

Spinal Decompression Q & A

What is spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression treats back pain without surgery. Your physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist performs spinal decompression using a motorized device that gently stretches your spine. 

Spinal decompression releases pressure on spinal discs and nerves while shifting the position of your vertebrae. This relieves pain and improves the circulation of blood and lymph through the spinal column, which promotes the natural tissue healing process.

Manual tractioning is a similar process in which your provider uses their hands or non-motorized supports to release vertebral pressure. Manual traction is most often used to relieve pain and heal injuries in the neck, although it can also address problems in the upper or lower back.

Which conditions can spinal decompression address?

The experts at Arundel Medical Group use spinal decompression therapy to address a wide range of concerns, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated discs
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve impingement
  • Nerve injuries

Spinal decompression is an effective treatment on its own; however, your expert at Arundel Medical Group may recommend spinal decompression as part of a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan that might also include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and other treatment options.

What happens during a spinal decompression treatment?

Before beginning spinal decompression, your provider may prepare your body for the treatment with heat, therapeutic ultrasound, or another type of therapy that helps relax the muscles of your back or neck.

You remain fully clothed during your treatment. You recline face up or face down on a motorized table, and your provider uses the controls to move the table into an appropriate position to stretch and reposition your spine. Most patients find the stretching sensation to be relaxing, and your provider checks in with you during your session to make sure you’re feeling comfortable.

Treatments usually last about 30 minutes. Following your treatment, your provider may use heat or another therapy to help your muscles settle into a more relaxed position.

Depending on your needs, your expert may recommend a series of up to 30 treatments spaced out over several weeks.

If you have back pain and you’re interested in a medication-free treatment option, consider spinal compression therapy. To learn more, call Arundel Medical Group, Inc. today or request an appointment online.