Spinal Decompression at Oakview Chiropractic Center in Omaha
Your spinal nerves are central to the communications flowing through all parts of your body. It's not surprising, then, that abnormal pressures on one of these major conduits, including the spinal cord itself, can cause all kinds of discomforts and functional problems in the part of the body served by that nerve tissue. If your body seems to be going haywire and making you miserable, rest assured that Oakview Chiropractic Center can come to the rescue with non-invasive spinal decompression.
Understanding Spinal Cord and Spinal Nerve Root Compression
It's only logical that such a critical structure as the spinal cord would be "armored" against injury. The spinal cord is enveloped by the vertebrae, running down a bony canal between the front and back of each vertebra. The major nerve roots are threaded from the spinal cord through small gaps between the vertebrae. In these tight surroundings, it only takes a small imbalance or misalignment to compress the spinal cord or one of the spinal nerve roots. Bulging discs, herniated discs, spinal stenosis or acute subluxation can cause this kind of spinal compression -- and when the compression occurs, you may experience such symptoms as:
- Sciatica, characterized by weakness, numbness, "pins and needles" or sharp pain in a leg or foot
- Cervical radiculopathy, which causes similar symptoms to sciatica, but in the upper extremities
- Low back pain or neck pain
- Balance or dexterity problems
- Sexual dysfunction
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy From Our Omaha Chiropractor
Patients suffering spinal compression issues used to have their treatment choices limited to drugs, physical therapy, and surgery to remove disc material or fuse vertebrae. Today, however, you have the option of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy -- and our Omaha chiropractor, Dr. Shockley, has the experience and equipment to offer this treatment to you.
Spinal decompression therapy relies on a highly-controlled type of mechanical traction, using a special treatment table equipped with harnesses for the body. As you rest comfortably on the table, we administer just enough pulling-apart force to lend a little extra space between the vertebrae that need it. The resulting reverse pressure literally sucks a bulging or herniated disc inward, away from the spinal cord or spinal nerve root. Bulging discs, which have typically "gone flat" due to natural water loss, also gain fluids from this reverse pressure. We can enhance the success of this therapy with corrective exercises to help your body support itself better.
Enjoy Safe, Conservative Symptom Relief at Oakview Chiropractic Center
If you're looking for the safest, easiest way to enjoy relief from your spinal compression symptoms, we've got it. Call (402) 334-0840 to schedule spinal decompression therapy!