Gainesville Chiropractor Specializing In Spinal Decompression

When you suffer from severe, chronic back and neck pain that won’t dissipate, you may think spinal surgery is your only option for finding relief. Before you schedule a surgical appointment, however, you should consider how spinal decompression, also called spinal cord decompression and spinal decompression therapy, can help reduce or eliminate your back or neck pain without the need for surgery. This non-surgical, non-invasive procedure is often used as a last-ditch effort for patients who have not seen results from other treatment methods.

In many cases, our chiropractor in Gainesville, FL, with Tucker Chiropractic, is able to help patients suffering from sciatica, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, bulging discs, injured spinal nerves, pinched nerves, and other sources of back and neck pain avoid surgery and obtain long-lasting relief from their pain. Contact our Gainesville chiropractor today to schedule spinal decompression therapy and to learn more about our available chiropractic treatments.

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What Is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is a term used to describe different types of treatment performed at our Gainesville chiropractic center that can offer back and neck pain and symptom relief by taking pressure off of the neural elements of a patient’s spine. Your spine, or backbone, provides your body with support. The spine consists of vertebrae with ligaments and spinal discs that allow it to flex. The spinal column includes a nerve pathway that lines the middle sections of these vertebrae, ligaments, and discs. When patients sustain injuries or degeneration, such as wear and tear, to their spine, they can experience a significant degree of mild-to-severe, unrelenting pain.

Patients might feel pain from compression in their spine that increases pressure on their spinal cord or the nerves therein. An innovative and non-invasive approach to treating spinal pain, spinal decompression exercises and techniques seek to relieve the pressure on the spine, easing the pain and providing sustained relief without the need for invasive procedures, such as surgery. To learn more about our spinal decompression chiropractor services, contact us.

Benefits Of Spine Decompression

Millions of Americans live with and suffer from chronic back pain and neck pain. While some healthcare providers may recommend patients undergo invasive surgeries or take prescription drugs to find relief, our chiropractic center in Gainesville, FL, offers a gentle, effective, non-invasive, and non-addictive form of treatment through spinal decompression. Spinal decompression physical therapy and treatment techniques comprise mechanical treatments that gently stretch the spine to reduce pressure on the spinal cord, discs, and ligaments.

By relieving this pressure, disrupted discs in the back and neck can naturally reset into their original positions. What’s more, decompressing infuses the spine and discs with oxygen, nutrients, and fluids, which promotes additional healing. Patients who undergo spinal decompression stretches and treatment at Tucker Chiropractic may experience the following benefits.

  • Relieves Nerve Pressure
  • Helps Prevent The Need For Spinal Surgery
  • Promotes Healing From Chronic Pain
  • Treats Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Discs, Bulging Discs, Injured Spinal Nerves, Posterior Facet Syndrome & Pinched Nerves
  • Provides Fast Relief From Pain & Pressure
  • Treats Chronic Back & Neck Pain
  • Treats Chronic Low Back Pain Issues & Sciatic Leg Pain
  • Helps Retract Herniated Discs
  • Gently Stretches Your Spine
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How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal decompression is a trusted chiropractic technique proven effective in relieving pain associated with bulging and herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, neck disc issues like arm numbness, tingling, and pain, and even relapse or failed back surgeries. Since it was first used, clinical studies have shown that spinal decompression offers incredible rates of success in treating pain due to damage, irritation, or other issues related to the lumbar disc. This treatment uses state-of-the-art spinal decompression machines and technology to apply a distraction force that alleviates nerve compression that commonly causes back pain, sciatica, neck pain, and other spinal column issues.

Decompression is achieved using a special combination of force of pull, angle in the degree of pull, and varying time to create negative pressure within the spinal cord’s discs. When reversed, this lack of pressure creates a vacuum inside each disc, helping draw out bulges in discs and realign extruded disc material, as well as removing pressure from pinched or irritated nerves. Based on your body weight, tolerance for the treatment, level of severity of the problem, and duration of symptoms, our decompression specialists will determine a unique treatment plan for your individual needs, helping to ensure you receive the best results possible.

Best Candidates For Spinal Decompression

The best way to determine if you can benefit from spinal decompression therapy is to consult our spinal decompression specialist for a consultation. During your appointment, our chiropractor will review your medical history with you, ask you about your symptoms, and perform any necessary tests and examinations, among other diagnostic measures. They will then provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan customized to your unique needs. In general, however, you may qualify for spinal decompression treatment if the following applies to you.

  • Diagnosis of one or more herniated, bulging, or degenerated discs
  • Back pain persisting for more than 3 weeks
  • Neck disc issues
  • Chronic or persisting neck pain
  • Chronic back and neck pain
  • Chronic low back pain and disc issues
  • Sciatic pain or leg pain
  • Chronic pain from failed back surgeries
  • Persistent pain from an arthritic condition
  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You seek to relieve your pain with a non-invasive form of treatment

Sciatica & Herniated Discs

Individuals suffering from sciatica resulting from one or more herniated discs can benefit from undergoing spinal decompression treatment. Through spinal decompression, the treatment relieves pressure from the affected discs and encourages the body to start healing. Following consistent, regular spinal decompression sessions, many of our patients suffering from herniated discs and sciatica report a substantial degree of improvement in their condition.

Degenerative Disc Condition

If you have a degenerative disc disease, you may be a candidate for treatment with spinal decompression. Among the most common causes of degenerative disc conditions include obesity and disc trauma, such as herniated discs. When a significant amount of sustained weight is put upon, or an injury occurs to the discs, the spine loses stability and increases pressure on the nerves. Spinal decompression therapy can effectively cure degenerative disc disease by removing pressure and promoting the healing of the vertebrae.

Failed Spinal Surgery

In some cases, patients may have undergone spinal surgery at some point in their lives in an attempt to cure their back, neck, and body pain. Oftentimes, following the procedure, patients experience little improvement or worsening of their condition. If you have undergone spinal surgery and you now experience chronic pain as a result, or your procedure failed at the stage of healing, spinal decompression can remediate your pain and treat the problem.

Facet Syndrome

There are a number of different spinal syndromes that can cause patients to experience significant pain and discomfort, including facet syndrome. Facet syndrome affects the joint of the two surrounding vertebrae, and it typically appears as a result of wear and tear and the effects of aging. Patients diagnosed with facet syndrome are often great candidates for treatments with spinal decompression. Over the course of several treatments, our chiropractor can heal the deterioration of the spine resulting from facet syndrome, curing the patient’s pain.

Ineffective Non-Surgical Treatments

Patients who have previously undergone two or more alternative, non-surgical treatments and experienced no improvement in their condition may be great candidates for non-surgical spinal decompression treatments at Tucker Chiropractic. Whether you’ve undergone physical therapy, therapeutic massage treatments, or chiropractic care but have not experienced improvements to your condition, spinal decompression may be your ideal therapy!

Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Using The Activator Method

Spinal decompression is a popular and widely used approach to treating disc-related spinal problems, which usually occur as a result of an accident, trauma, repetitive stress, high weight loads, and more. Without proper spinal maintenance, like regular chiropractic adjustments, stretches, and exercises, disc problems can take hold, causing chronic, frustrating pain and discomfort. Our spinal discs absorb friction and shock in between our spinal bones. Thick, healthy discs work as they should, but when they become compressed or sustain injuries, fluid naturally present in the discs can leak out, compressing the disc and reducing the space from the surrounding bones. As a result, the nerves and spinal column sustain a greater degree of pressure and stress, causing patients to experience pain and numbness, weakness of muscles, movement issues, and muscle spasms.

Our chiropractors in Gainesville use the Chiropractic Activator Method, which is among the most favorable and thoroughly studied chiropractic techniques used in spinal decompression therapy. This advanced technique uses a spring-loaded handheld device called an Activator, which delivers quick, low-force pulses to the treatment area. The Activator Method can be performed using several specialized instruments, including beginner instruments, more advanced spring-loaded instruments, and mechanical, cordless instruments. Patients with disc injuries commonly pursue a variety of potential solutions, such as medications, massage, acupuncture, injections, and other therapies. Yet, these treatments don’t always relieve the pain or address the underlying cause of the problem. With spinal decompression, our chiropractor addresses the root problem of your condition and treats it with a non-surgical, trusted approach.

What Types Of Pain Can Spinal Decompression Treat?

Spinal decompression can be used to treat a wide variety of pains virtually anywhere on the body. Most commonly, patients with disc-related issues and those experiencing sciatica and herniated discs, among other disc-related conditions,  experience a significant amount of pain, discomfort, and a general reduction in wellness and quality of life as a result of their condition. With spinal decompression treatments, patients can finally find relief and experience boosted health, wellness, and enjoyment of life. The most common types of pain which may be treated with spinal decompression therapy include the following.

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Radiating pain down the arms and legs
  • Wrist and hand pain
  • Back pain and neck pain
  • Knee, leg, and foot pain
  • Numbness in the fingers and toes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Other areas of pain, discomfort, and numbness

Spinal Decompression In Gainesville, FL

No one knows your pain better than you. At Tucker Chiropractic, our team of trusted spinal care professionals takes a multidimensional approach to each treatment, working closely with every patient to ensure they receive the highest quality of care that meets their needs for pain relief, health, and longevity today and for the future. Contact us today to schedule your spinal decompression treatment and to learn more about the available treatments we offer.