If you have been plagued with neck pain, you know how disrupting it can be to your everyday life. Standing up straight for long periods can hurt; getting comfortable at night can take forever, and simple things like working or household chores can become extremely painful.
Many people experience neck pain or stiffness occasionally, while others may be living with constant pain. In many cases, this pain is due to herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, or facet syndrome. If this is you, then you are amongst the group of patients that would best benefit from Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy.
What Is Spinal Decompression
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-invasive mechanical procedure performed to help relieve neck pain. It involves gently stretching the spine to take pressure off of the spinal nerves and spinal discs (the cushions that separate the vertebrae in the spine).
When patients experience pain in the neck area, it is due to impinged nerves in the cervical spine in many cases. By relieving this pressure, bulging discs can retract back into place which will take the pressure off of the nerves in the spine responsible for the pain a patient feels.
This procedure is called nonsurgical decompression therapy (as opposed to surgical spinal decompression, such as laminectomy and microdiscectomy).
Functions Of The Cervical Nerves
There are 31 pairs of nerve roots along the spine from the neck to the tailbone. The seven cervical (neck) vertebral segments protect eight sets of cervical nerve roots, which are abbreviated C1 to C8.
When a degenerative cervical spine condition, such as degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis, produces an anatomical abnormality such as a herniated disc or bone spur, the C1 to C8 nerve roots can become compressed.
This produces the symptoms listed above, and the location of the compressed nerve determines the area of the body where the symptoms arise. Here are the parts of the body associated with each of the eight cervical nerves:
- C1 — breathing and blood supply to the head.
- C2 — breathing, eyesight and head, and neck movement.
- C3 — breathing and facial movement.
- C4 — breathing, heart rate, and facial movement.
- C5 — heart rate, wrist, and elbow movement.
- C6 — heart rate, neck, and shoulder movement.
- C7 — arm, hand, and finger movement.
- C8 — arm, elbow, hand, and finger movement.
What You Can Expect During Decompression Therapy
Treatments using the DRX9000 True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System™ are one of the most gentle and comfortable therapies available. The treatments utilize FDA-cleared equipment with proven safety and efficacy. Most patients report a mild sense of stretching on their back or hips, and often fall asleep during treatment sessions.
Why Is This Better Than Other Treatments?
Spinal decompression therapy using the DRX9000, as practiced in our clinic, is a comprehensive program including cold low. Our approach to treating spinal disc injury with a combination of treatments is what sets our clinic apart.
Additionally, spinal discs have been shown to be a predominant site of pain, so directing treatment to the spinal disc can be an effective treatment approach. The blending of focused traction at the injury site, rehabilitation to the supporting structures, and overall strengthening/conditioning of musculature make the treatment unique.
The Takeaway: Decompression Therapy And Neck Pain
The spine is composed of a complex system of vertebrae, discs, joints, and nerves.
Accidents, overuse, and poor posture, as well as the natural degeneration of the spine, can lead to the development of certain cervical conditions, such as a herniated disc or spinal arthritis. When these conditions occur, displaced disc material or an arthritic bone spur can put pressure on surrounding spinal nerves, causing pain and other symptoms.
In the past, a patient suffering was usually was given pain medications, instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred for physical therapy, and when they weren’t progressing they were sent for spinal surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with a cervical spine condition, such as a herniated or bulging disc, that causes nerve compression, you may benefit from cervical decompression therapy. Spinal decompression therapy is an alternative therapy designed with the goal of alleviating pain and promoting healing of the intervertebral disc.