A problem with one of your vertebral discs can take the form of a variety of other problems, from shooting pains in an extremity to loss of sensation or muscle control. When these cushioning discs fall out of position, they can have a negative effect on the function of the the spinal joints, major nerve roots and even the spinal cord itself. But re positioning and healing a disc doesn't necessarily call for invasive surgery -- not when you can take advantage of the safe, painless non-surgical spinal decompression offered here at Spinal Dynamics.
Understanding Vertebral Discs -- and the Problems They Can Produce
The discs that sit between the vertebrae absorb everyday bumps and jolts while also preventing painful bone-on-bone friction. The height they add to the spinal column ensures that the small facet joints that link the vertebrae together can operate freely and without strain. But no part of the human body is immune to problems -- and that goes for your discs as well. Two common issues that affect the vertebral discs include:
- Bulging discs - As a disc ages, the inner portion (known as the nucleus pulposus) tends to lose some of its water content. The disc starts to flatten and bulge outward as a result, causing the spinal column to lose height and placing strain on the facet joints. As the same time, the disc may press against nearby nerve roots or the spinal cord, causing pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in whatever part of the body is served by that nerve tissue.
- Herniated discs - In a herniated disc, the outer casing (or annulus fibrosus) of the disc develops a tear, through which the nucleus pulposus may push out onto nerve tissue. In addition to the symptoms caused by nerve impingement, the tear in the outer casing may be extremely painful in and of itself.
How Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy Can Help
Traditional surgery permanently alters the spine to relieve disc-related issues -- but non-surgical spinal decompression therapy can spare you from such a major procedure. Our Meridian chiropractors use a computer-controlled treatment table to apply tiny but significant degrees of flexion-distraction (outward-pulling) force to the spine. This creates space between vertebrae and sucks bulging or herniated discs back where they belongs, away from nerve tissue. The vacuum pressure effect also causes water and other nutrients to rush into the discs, restoring height and promoting healing.
Spinal decompression therapy is completely safe and painless -- in fact, the main sensation you may experience is relief, especially over the course of multiple treatments. It requires no recovery period and can be administered as often as necessary.
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Spinal decompression therapy could be the answer you've been seeking for your back pain, neck pain or nerve problems. Call 208-888-0055 today for a consultation with our Meridian chiropractors!