When Should You See a Chiropractor for Spinal Decompression?
Everybody needs to take care of their spines, and here at Anken Family Chiro Care, we can to help. One such therapy we employ to treat some of our patient's back problems is non-surgical spinal decompression. There are daily forces that act on your spine and can compress it over time. Spinal decompression therapy relieves this compression naturally and safely.
What forces act on your spine?
There are three broad forces that can act on your spine and compress it. These are compressive, tensile, and shearing forces.
Compressive forces push down directly on your spine from above. This is largely due to the effect of gravity, and these compressive forces act on you constantly, whether you are sitting or standing. The longer you are upright, the longer compressive forces will push down on you. While the spine and discs are built to withstand compressive forces, over time they can damage the spine or herniate discs.
Tensile forces are stretching forces. This usually refers to muscles because it addresses an object's ability to withstand force. Tensile forces don't have as much effect on your spine, but it is important to be aware of them.
Shearing forces are compressive forces with an angle. Shearing forces compress the discs more than compressive forces that act directly downwards. Think if you bend down to pick up a heavy box with your back rounded. Not only is gravity compressing your spine downwards, but the box is pulling your spine in another direction while your whole back is bent.
When you should see a chiropractor for spinal decompression?
Many people may benefit from spinal decompression therapy. A decompressed spine is a healthy spine!
- Athletes and weightlifters - Athletes and weightlifters put more stress on their spine by nature of their professional or hobby. Regular spinal decompression therapy can help relieve tension and compression of the spine and may help prevent more serious damage down the line.
- If you sit or drive a lot for your job - While it may seem counterintuitive that sedentary people also benefit from spinal decompression, they are experiencing the compressive forces of gravity all day long in the same position.
- Physical jobs with repetitive motion - In many cases, those with physical jobs may have even more shearing forces acting on their spine than athletes because they are working for 8+ hours at a time, not 1 or 2, and may not have perfect form the whole time.
Here at Anken Family Chiro Care, we want to address your needs so that you can get back to living your life the way that you would like to live it. Dr. Mark Anken will do an evaluation and create a customized plan for your needs.