An adult human spine typically consists of 26 moveable segments: seven cervical vertebras, twelve thoracic vertebras, five lumbar vertebras, one sacrum, and one coccyx (tailbone). Intervertebral d ...View Article
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Spinal Decompression Therapy
A variety of triggers can cause the spinal column to become compressed. Bulging or herniated discs are a common problem for accident victims or people with an undetected spinal misalignment. Part of the disc may slip out of its normal position, or some of the inner cartilage may protrude from the disc. In either case, the major nerve branches near the damaged disc may be impinged, causing pain, loss of sensation, weakness and other alarming symptoms. Discs can also flatten out as they lose some of their water content over time, resulting in age-related disc compression. The facet joints that hold the vertebrae together may degenerate, allowing the spine to lose height.
Spinal decompression therapy in Sugar Land addresses many of the same symptoms typically resolved through traditional manual chiropractic adjustment, such as sciatica or other nerve impingements that cause pain, numbness and muscle atrophy. But while traditional chiropractic adjustments can be helpful in treating a wide range of underlying musculoskeletal misalignment, decompression is prescribed specifically for conditions involving disc compression, dislocation or herniation.
Some patients may in fact benefit from both forms of care, especially if they have been involved in a traumatic event such as an auto accident. We may also prescribe supportive therapies such as ice/heat therapy or corrective exercises to relief muscle tension, relieve soft tissue pain and strengthen the spinal musculature. Patients suffering from a chronic form of spinal compression may benefit from adding periodic decompression therapy to their regular wellness care routine. We encourage anyone in the Sugar Land area seeking relief from a spinal problem to contact our office to learn more about spinal decompression therapy and schedule a consultation.