Spinal decompression is treatment that is given on the spinal cord to help relieve pain and pressure; pain and pressure caused by a cyst, tumor or bone; and performed by surgery and other treatment methods.
There are various ways to treat spinal decompression such as inversion therapy. Inversion therapy is when a person hangs upside down in order to find relief from back pain or other health concerns. According to some, inversion therapy releases gravitational pressure off of nerve roots and disks in the spine and increases the space between the vertebrae. This kind of therapy is just one way to find relief from back pain.
Studies have shown that this kind of therapy cannot give long-term relief; however, some have found inversion therapy to be quite helpful in providing temporary relief from pain. Keep in mind that inversion therapy should not be done if you have high blood pressure, glaucoma or heart disease.
Inversion therapy can also improve your circulation, increase mental alertness, realign the spine and improve your posture.
Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression
Another kind of treatment for back pain is nonsurgical spinal decompression. This treatment is motorized and may relieve back pain. It works by gently stretching the spine; which in turn takes pressure off the spinal disks. In addition, this may promote movement of water, oxygen and fluids into the disk and help bring about some healing in the area. It is important to note that nonsurgical treatment has been used to treat sciatica, back or neck pain, spinal joints, bulging or herniated disks, or injured nerves.
Surgical Spinal Decompression
Then there is surgical spinal decompression. This is another option to treat back pain. However, it is used when all other methods have not worked. This kind of surgery may give some relief from certain symptoms on the nerves or spinal cord such as pain, tingling, numbness and weakness. It is important to note that there are certain risks associated with decompression surgery such as: bleeding, infection, blood clots, an allergic reaction to anesthesia or nerve and tissue damage. Keep in mind that there are many causes of back pain such as a weak back and stomach muscles, poor posture and misalignments.
Back to Inversion…
There are several positive and effective characteristics of regular inversion such as improving circulation, maintaining your height, increasing mental alertness and improving your posture. It seems that inversion therapy works best when it is part of a comprehensive plan that focuses on certain back and neck issues.
It is important to note that an inversion table can be quite helpful when it comes to back pain. An inversion table allows you to lie on your back in a relaxed and inverted position. Most importantly, inversion tables can also reduce tension headaches and improve a person’s mood. In addition, this kind of therapy may also help people recover from high impact workouts. However, inversion therapy is not recommended for those who have glaucoma, who have had recent back surgery, herniated disks, high blood pressure or hiatal hernia. In other words, inversion therapy should only be used by those who are in relatively good health and not used until they talk with their doctor.
Other benefits of inversion therapy are controlling indigestion, improving your mood, enhancing your body’s immune system, decreasing insomnia, making your body more adaptable to changes, strengthening your bones and lowering your stress. Strangely enough, inversion therapy can also slow down the shrinking process; a process that continues as a person ages.
To conclude, inversion therapy can provide temporary relief from back pain and give relief from headaches and tension. However, before undergoing inversion therapy, first talk with your doctor or chiropractor.