Should I Try Spinal Decompression for My Sciatica?

June 10, 2020

Sciatica is a term we use to describe the pain that results when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the hips down the back of the leg, is damaged or compressed. Patients report numbness, tingling, sharp pains and other symptoms that can range from a minor annoyance to a debilitating condition with long-term effects. While traditional medicine hasn’t found a be-all, end-all solution to the condition, chiropractic spinal decompression therapy in Naples, FL has been shown to have excellent results.

How sciatica affects the body

Sciatica usually results from a problem with the lumbosacral and lower lumbar portions of the spine, although degenerative disc disease can contribute as well. When the nerve is compressed or damaged, it causes tingling, numbness and pain in the sciatic nerve. This can happen when bones press up against the nerve; muscles can also become misaligned and press up against it.

While sciatica isn’t a life-threatening condition, constantly having pain and tingling in your extremities can make it difficult to perform daily activities like driving a car, walking, and sitting at a desk. Many doctors prescribe over-the-counter medication, like anti-inflammatory pain relievers, but that only treats the pain, not the source of the problem. As long as the nerve is still affected, the pain will come back.

Can spinal decompression help you?

Spinal decompression therapy in Naples, FL is designed to treat the underlying cause of sciatic pain: muscles or bones placing pressure on or pinching the sciatic nerve. This procedure is also called vertebral axial decompression (VAX-D for short), and uses traction to gently reposition the muscles and spine. Using a table with belts, harnesses and computer technology, the spine is slowly and carefully stretched, then relaxed, to relieve tension and increase blood flow.

In addition to sciatica, VAX-D therapy is also good for bulging and herniated discs and back or neck pain. The stretches are performed in a controlled, supervised environment so your body can naturally adjust itself back to normal—no surgery or invasive procedures needed. If you’re one of the many people who are afraid that any back or neck problem will necessitate surgery, spinal decompression can eliminate your worry and produce great results for a fraction of the cost.

Each session takes about 30 minutes, and many patients report feeling significant results in as little as two weeks. Your chiropractor will be able to give you a better idea of how many treatments you’ll need and when you can expect to feel relief at your initial consultation.

The longer you wait to address your sciatic pain, the worse it will get. Be sure to consult with a chiropractor as soon as possible to cut down on the number of treatments you’ll need and ensure you relieve your pain more quickly.

Are you ready to explore the possibilities of spinal decompression therapy in Naples, FL? Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology offers VAX-D treatments for sciatica and a number of other conditions. Reach out to us today to learn more or schedule your initial consultation.

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