Herniated discs respond well to spinal disc restoration therapy
Spinal decompression seeks to treat back pain by going beyond conservative chiropractic care without reaching the realm of invasive surgery. Herniated discs are a tailor-made injury for this type of care: the nature of the injury- a bulge that affects a nerve- calls for a treatment that stretches the spine and creates negative space so that the disc can effectively reabsorb the bulging material.
Let's take a closer look at the anatomy of a herniated disc
Spinal discs are the cushions that accentuate your vertebrae. They are made of two layers:
- The annulus fibrosus: the outer layer of the disc, made of layers of strong collagen fiber.
- The nucleus pulposus: composed of loose fibers that allow for range of motion in the spine and shock absorption.
When a herniation occurs, the outer layer cracks or splits and the inner material leaks out, creating a bulge that pressurizes the nearby spinal nerve- you experience this process as a pain in the back!
Spinal decompression is an effective treatment for this injury
Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction therapy that works by gently stretching the spine to change how forces interact with the injured disc. By relieving pressure from the disc, an influx of water, oxygen and healing nutrients can reach the injurious region, helping to speed the healing process. With this kind of negative pressure environment, the gel-like fluid which makes up the nucleus pulposus- that which bulges against the nerve and causes pain, retracts and the pain goes with it.
Spinal decompression is an integral part of our health plan at Bay Health Center
At our office in Palo Alto, our goal is to get you free of the pain that is holding you back. We place a premium on combining spinal decompression treatment with a core-strengthening regimen that targets the postural muscles and will both increase the treatment's efficacy and prevent the injury from recurring. Let's work together to heal any long-standing back pain that is keeping you from a more active lifestyle. Give our office a call to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Vitaly Mozeson, D.C.