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If you suffer from back pain, neck pain or odd sensations in an extremity, you may be one of the many individuals battling nerve impingement related to vertebral compression. Changes in the spinal column, whether sudden and acute or age-related and chronic, can pinch critical nerve tissue near or (even within) the spinal column. Fortunately, you don't have to have spine-altering surgery to get relief from these potentially debilitating symptoms. Here at Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic, we can employ non-surgical spinal decompression to help your spine and nerves regain their normal functionality.
Your spine isn't just a stack of vertebrae. Those vertebrae, which are connected and articulated by small joints known as facet joints, are separated and cushioned by gel-filled cartilaginous discs. In addition to protecting your vertebrae against everyday jolts and bone-on-bone friction, the discs also ensure a consistent space between the vertebrae for optimal joint function. The vertebral column also encloses the spinal cord, with major nerve roots jutting through small spaces between the vertebrae. When bone spurs, vertebral shifts or disc problems put pressure on the nerve tissue, nerve signals can't travel properly, affecting your comfort and health. For example:
Acute injuries can cause spinal and vertebral misalignment in the wink of an eye, while degenerative conditions such as bulging discs may occur gradually. Either way, the resulting nerve impingement may leave you with back pain, neck pain, and numbness, tingling, pain or motor control problems in your arms or your legs, depending on the location of the nerve compression.
The most drastic form of treatment for these kinds of nerve compression is major surgery to remove or alter parts of the spinal column. But you'll be relieved to learn that your symptoms can probably be relieved much more simply and conservatively by our chiropractor, Dr. Nichols, through spinal decompression therapy. This healing modality operates on the principle of flexion distraction. A special table and harness produce a controlled degree of negative pressure within the spine; this vacuum draws bulging or herniated discs away from nerve tissue and back into their proper alignment. It also draws water back into bulging discs.
We can combine spinal decompression with other natural techniques to create your own customized pain relief program. Will you be one of the 86 percents of spinal decompression patients who report immediate relief from their symptoms? There's only one way to find out: call our chiropractor at 941-739-2900 and find out whether this form of therapy is right for you!