Herniated and bulging discs are a common cause of back pain for many people. Discs function as cushioning promoters in between spinal vertebrae. They are made of a tough layer of outer cartilage surrounding soft cartilage found at the center. They can be described as similar in appearance to small jelly doughnuts fitting between your vertebrae.
Bulging discs are ones that have moved outside their normal range. This bulge normally impacts a large part of the disc. The disc section that is protruding or bulging is usually the outer cartilage layer. Bulging is often thought of as a normal aspect of an aging disc.
Herniated discs occur when the outer cartilage layer cracks, allowing some of the softer cartilage to stick out of the disc. Herniated discs are also known as slipped discs or ruptured discs.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Decompression therapy is a non-surgical technique involving a gentle stretching of the spine, which helps to decompress the discs. This method of unloading and positioning helps the vertebrae gently separate from each other. The result is that a vacuum is formed inside the discs. This effect is called negative intradiscal pressure. This pressure can trigger the herniated or bulging disc to retract back inside. Each treatment moves it only a small amount, but over a period of several weeks, the results are very significant.
Each series of decompression and relaxation cycles helps diffuse oxygen, water and nutrients that were once squeezed out, back to the inside. Once back inside the disc, these nutrients can help the damaged disc fiber heal.
Decompression therapy involves the patient being fitted with a pelvic harness and a thoracic harness. They will lie on a table controlled by a computer system. A treatment can last anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes. Patients normally tolerate the treatment quite well, and pain relief can come in a few sessions for some patients.
Decompression and Slipped Discs
A slipped disc can be helped by spinal decompression therapy. Research has found that it is successful in treating bulging discs more than 70 percent of the time. Patients are often able to treat their conditions using decompression without resorting to more invasive and costly procedures.
Learn More During a Consultation
Make an appointment at Chiropractic Health Center in Greenville to determine if you would make an appropriate candidate for decompression therapy. Dr. Kantor is a leading chiropractor in the Greenville area. Let him be your guide as you find relief from your troubling symptoms. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.