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Spinal Decompression Therapy

back or neck pain

Spinal decompression therapy can provide relief from chronic neck or back pain

If you or someone you know suffers from chronic back or neck pain, spinal  decompression therapy may provide the long lasting relief you are looking for.

Spinal decompression treatments at Surrey Pain & Wellness chiropractic clinic are combined with a customized treatment plan to help ensure that your greatest potential for recovery is achieved.

Spinal decompression is done on a specialized table attached to a module that measures the exact parameters to adjust the spine and supports the body in a comfortable position for a prolonged period (about 15-20 minutes) to begin the necessary alignment required to reduce and eliminate painful conditions naturally without medication or surgery.

While some patients may experience immediate relief,  it is important to complete the entire treatment plan as prescribed by the chiropractor to ensure lasting re-alignment and recovery from pain.

If you suffer from chronic back or neck problems, spinal decompression therapy may be the treatment that provides lasting relief and finally  puts you on the road to recovery.    Visit our chiropractic clinic at Newton Crossing for a consult to find out more or read more about spinal decompression therapy at Surrey Pain & Wellness Clinic.

Chiropractic Approach to Health – Surrey Chiropractor Treats Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc degeneration is a normal part of aging and not a problem for most people, but for some it can cause severe bouts of acute or chronic pain.

Degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease, but is a condition in which pain is caused from a damaged disc.   In severe cases, pain can become chronic (last longer than three months).

The spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae which protect the spinal cord and provide stability for the torso.  Between each vertebrae is a fibrous bundle of tissue called an intervertebral disc which act as cushions that absorb the shock and pressure associated with normal movement.

The intervertebral discs are made up of two parts: a tough fibrous outer part (called the annulus fibrosis) and the softer gel-like centre (the nucleas pulposis).   As we age, the water content in the nucleas pulpous decreases and the discs begin to degenerate.  This may or may not be painful, but as a result the disc is also more vulnerable to injury or inflammation.

Therefore alignment of the discs, the vertebrae and other structures in the spine can be even more important as we age.  Chiropractic care restore alignment,  improve spinal range of motion, reduce inflammation, and addresses the cause of pain or discomfort associated with degenerative disc disease.

The good news is that most cases of degenerative disc disease do not require surgery.  The chiropractic approach to degenerative disc disease is long term recovery from pain using safe, noninvasive and drug free treatments.  Spinal manipulation, spinal decompression and other manual therapies, combined with therapeutic exercises and lifestyle modifications are aspects of how Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic manages and treats patients with degenerative disc disease.

So while degenerative disc disease is a natural part of aging, it does not mean you have to live with pain.  We have a deep commitment to education to help our patients understand the cause of their pain so that you can eliminate risk of future pain and injury.  Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic can help you return to a healthy, pain-free and active life.

Visit Surrey Pain & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic for a full examination, diagnosis and treatment plan.  We can help manage and eliminate chronic pain resulting from degenerative disc disease – even after surgery.

Risk Factors for Back Pain

Certainly, if you have a back there is a chance that you will develop back pain at some time in your life.  However, there are known risks that can certainly increase the chance of developing chronic back pain.   Do you know what they are?

Age

Unfortunately age is one risk factor that can’t be changed.  There are numerous conditions that become more common as we age, including issues associated with back pain.

Degeneration of discs, muscles and s part of the aging process, making back pain more likely as we get older.  Around the age of 30, the jelly-like centre of our spinal discs begin to decrease its fluid content, making them less pliable and more easily injured.  Herniated discs can affect people of all ages, but they are most common in people between 35 and 45 years old who perform heavy manual labor or sit or drive for long periods of time.

Diet

While Tim Horton’s treats are not the cause of your back pain, diet of course plays a role in our overall health.  Poor nutrition and weight gain resulting from an unhealthy diet high in calories can contribute to risk of injury and developing chronic back pain.  Obesity puts a great deal of strain on the entire body, especially the back.   Therefore we could say that obesity is a high risk factor for developing back pain.

Inactivity

The less active you are, the more likely you will suffer from back pain.  Your back supports your entire body and if the muscles are weak and have poor range of motion, they will deteriorate faster and become more prone to strain and even serious injury.

Dehydration

There is research that indicates a correlation between back pain and hydration levels. Thirst is not a good way to ensure that your body’s hydration needs are being met and it is possible to become gradually, even chronically dehydrated. Water fuels your muscles and joints and drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day, every day (up to half of that coming from food and drinks other than plain water) can ease back and joint pain for some.

Occupation

There are many occupations that increase the risk of back pain or injury.  Jobs that involve heavy lifting, bending, pushing and pulling present the highest level of risk.  Many athletes and performers also put their bodies under tremendous strain, but usually those individuals have a team of experts on side to help with prevention and rehabilitation when injury does occur.

Sedentary desk and driving jobs also increase risk.  An adjustable chair, foot stool, frequent stretch breaks and a lumbar support is especially important for people who spend many hours sitting in an office chair or driving throughout the day. (See section on inactivity.)

For those people who are on their feet all day, a customized foot orthotic is an excellent investment and a good way to prevent foot and low back pain.  When standing, the foot is under enormous pressure from the body’s weight. Orthotics work on the feet in a similar way that braces work on the teeth – they exert gentle, constant pressure that bring or keep the muscles and bones of the foot into proper alignment and help with overall posture.

Posture

Poor posture not only looks bad, but increases muscle strain and stress on the spine itself. Over time, poor posture can change the structure of the spine and affect the biomechanics of the entire body. Constricted blood vessels and nerves, as well as problems with muscles, discs and joints can be major contributors to back and neck pain, as well as headaches, fatigue and overall poor health.

Smoking

Another perhaps surprising risk factor of smoking is back pain. Smokers have lower levels of oxygen in their spines, which impedes the body’s ability to deliver important nutrients and fluids to spinal discs as well as healing from any injury that occurs.  The chronic cough associated with heavy smoking can also bring on chronic back pain.

Heredity

Some causes of back pain, especially conditions involving spinal discs, may have a genetic component.