We have seen in earlier articles how spinal decompression can help a wide variety of conditions, including scoliosis and disk herniation. Posture re-education, along with other chiropractic spinal adjustments techniques, can greatly alleviate and even cure several lower and lumbar back problems.
Spinal Decompression Exercise
Chiropractic Grove City treatment – In this post, we look at two great exercises you can do in our clinic.
Cervical Traction (Active or passive spinal decompression exercise)
This exercise is a direct alleviation of the cervical column. It can be highly effective and provide rapid relief when used correctly. It consists of a “sling” like structure that attaches to a wall frame. The sling hangs low, and the patient sits at a comfortable height with their chin resting on the loop and gently applies pressure, lifting the head and decompressing the cervical column. This creates negative pressure on your disk, pushing nutrients into the disk.
Such an apparatus is helpful for conditions such as cervical disk herniations, spondylosis, and pinched nerves in the upper spinal decompression column. Old devices utilized doughnut-shaped water implements, but modern inventions have replaced them.
In our office, we have both standing cervical traction and sitting cervical traction. Which is better? They are both beneficial and should be recommended on a case-by-case basis.
Inversion Tables (Mainly lumbar spinal decompression exercise)
Inversion tables are one of the most widely used implements to help those with back pain. By reversing the body, the pull of gravity is inverted, allowing the discs to decompress and regain fluid and nutrients. Grove City Chiropractors often use this type of table in combination with other therapies for a full workup. It has also been found that circulation improves after properly using an inversion table – athletes have been known to use them to significant effect.
Another advantage of an inversion table is that patients can learn how to use it gently since there’s no need for an entire immediate suspension upside down – so each person can find their own point of comfort. It feels great!
Cox Flexion Table Spinal Decompression
Another popular option in the Chiropractic space for traction is the Cox Flexion Technique, which uses manual movements of a segmented table to try to bend you at a specific joint. The primary goal is to target that particular joint between two vertebrae and stretch the ligaments and muscles holding it together. The disc can change shape to some extent between those two vertebrae. So basically, more available space -> thicker disc -> less compression on the nerves coming off the spine at that segment.
As for whether it’s going to help you depends on your starting condition, how it’s being done, and the skill of your chiropractor working on you. I’d give it three visits or so, and by then, you should be able to notice some difference. If you don’t, find someone else to work on it. Try a Cox-trained doctor, they might be a bit more expensive, but long term, it’s worth it.
Summary of spinal decompression
Many helpful exercises can be performed to help a patient recover from spinal injuries. Along with proper Grove City, chiropractic treatment, and spinal adjustment, they can rapidly improve a person’s health and enable them to get back on their feet in no time.
Another popular form of spinal decompression on Tiktok a lot is the Y-strap. This is another option for a patient based on their specific problems and spine health.