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Frequently Asked Questions About Spinal Decompression with our Birmingham Chiropractor

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Our chiropractor in Birmingham AL uses a variety of techniques to treat different symptoms and conditions. One such technique used at Gremmels Chiropractic Center Inc. is called spinal decompression. This non-surgical technique is often used to treat back pain caused by a problem with the discs in the back. If you need more information about spinal decompression, we have put together some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this common technique used by our chiropractor.

What Is Spinal Decompression?

This manual technique is used to help relieve pressure from the discs in the back, which are called the intervertebral discs. A good way to describe spinal decompression is that it's a motorized traction in which a gentle stretch is applied to the spine while lying on a padded, sectioned table. This technique relieves pressure by changing the force that is exerted on the spine. When the spine experiences a quick stretch and release, the discs in the spine become reshaped over time, which greatly reduces pain.

What Conditions Can Spinal Decompression Treat?

A few of the main conditions spinal decompression can effectively treat include herniated discs, bulging discs, and degenerative disc disease. This chiropractic technique can also help treat the following conditions:

  • Neck or back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Posterior facet syndrome
  • Injured spinal nerve roots
  • Pinched nerves

Spinal decompression can also be used to treat certain types of headaches, especially those that are a result of a pinched nerve.

How Often Do Patients Need Spinal Decompression?

While every patient is different, our chiropractor may recommend between 18 and 24 visits for spinal decompression. This is typical for helping patients to achieve maximum benefit and lasting pain relief. These sessions are usually done over a period of 5 to 7 weeks with each visit lasting 30 to 45 minutes.

Besides spinal decompression, our chiropractor may recommend other types of treatments including heat or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound. These treatments are usually done either before or after therapy.

Who Shouldn't Get Spinal Decompression?

There are certain people that should not get spinal decompression. For example, if you have a fracture, tumor, advanced osteoporosis, metal plates in your spine, or extensive nerve damage, you should not receive spinal decompression therapy. Obese people and those who are pregnant are also not good candidates.

Contact Us

If you have any further questions regarding spinal decompression and how it can help you, don't hesitate to contact Gremmels Chiropractic Center Inc. at (205) 854-3008. We offer a full range of chiropractic services that can effectively treat your pain and help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

We are located at 1705 Centerpoint Parkway in Birmingham AL.