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What is Spinal Decompression?

What is Spinal Decompression?

One of the most effective therapeutic services offered at the Northland Chiropractic Clinic is spinal decompression. Our Stillwater chiropractor duo's high degree of skill and biomechanics provide prescription-free and non-surgical pain relief methods that thousands of our clients over the years.

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The Science of Spinal Decompression 

Using a specialized device or their hands, our chiropractors gently stretch a patient's spine, creating a traction force within and along the joint spaces. This force can relieve pressure from injured or diseased discs and nerve roots, and can increase localized circulation of nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood and fluids thanks to a negative pressure environment created. Together, this can help misaligned discs and joints restore their normal position and promote tissue healing. 

Spinal Decompression Can Help a Number of Upper Back Pain Causes & Conditions

Lower back pain and upper back pain causes a lot of stress and dysfunction in a person's life. But our Stillwater chiropractor team believes that people don't have to suffer needlessly, "wait it out," or become overly-reliant on over-the-counter or prescription medication. Dr. Oscarson and Dr. Ellis use spinal decompression therapy regularly for conditions like:

  • Herniated disc (the gel-like substance inside an intervertebral disc leaks out through a hole in the disc's tough outer layer)
  • Bulging disc (the gel-like substance inside the disc is out of place, but does not leak through the outer layer)
  • Spinal nerve impingement (typically caused by a herniated disc, bulging disc, bone spur, spinal stenosis, arthritis, or other condition)

A specific nerve impingement condition that we've found responds well to spinal decompression is sciatica. This condition can cause lower back pain as well as pain, numbness, and parathesias (i.e., tingling) in the legs—all of which may decrease or go away following several spinal decompression sessions.

Contact Northland Chiropractic Clinic For Relief

In our experience, we find that spinal decompression is the most effective when provided alongside other non-invasive chiropractic techniques, including chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, cold laser therapy, and neuromuscular re-education/postural training.

Wondering if spinal decompression therapy can help you? Consult with a chiropractor in Stillwater, MN today by calling Northland Chiropractic Clinic at 651-430-2727.


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