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Compression of spinal nerve tissue can leave you suffering from a wide range of symptoms and problems, from neck pain and back pain to tingling and weakness in the limbs. But even with all of these issues, you might understandably balk at the thought of undergoing major surgery to take the pinch off of that pinched nerve. Fortunately, you have a convenient non-surgical alternative awaiting you here at Health and Wellness Center of MidAmerica. Our chiropractor in Shoreview, Dr. Thatcher, can administer spinal decompression therapy to relieve your symptoms.
The human spine is meant to provide musculoskeletal support, freedom of motion, spinal cord protection and shock absorption all at the same time. This tall order requires a complex arrangement of articulated joints, vertebral structures, and muscles. Meanwhile, nerve roots extend from the spinal cord through small gaps between the vertebrae, branching out into all the major nerves of the body. When anything happens to disturb this delicate balance, such as a bulging or herniated disc, pinched nerve tissue is often the result. Depending on the location of the compression, you may experience such diverse symptoms as pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms (cervical radiculopathy) or legs (sciatica).
Disc abnormalities are commonly associated with pinched nerve tissue. Age-related loss of water in the discs, for example, can cause the discs to lose their optimal height. Not only do such discs bulge outward onto surrounding nerve roots, but the loss of height also places a strain on the facet joints that articulate the vertebrae, leading to neck pain or back pain. A bulging disc may also turn into a herniated disc as the pressure on it causes its inner material to protrude through a tear in the outer casing. A herniated disc may also be the result of an acute injury such as an auto accident, work injury or sports injury.
Traditional surgery methods of spinal decompression involve removing parts of the offending spinal structure or even fusing vertebrae together -- permanent alterations that may require lengthy recuperation times. Non-surgical spinal decompression from our Shoreview chiropractor can resolve many of the same symptoms without any recuperation period or invasive changes.
Our Shoreview chiropractor uses a motorized spinal decompression table that applies small degrees of flexion distraction force to your spine as you lie comfortably. The flexion-distraction force gently creates just enough extra space between vertebrae to create a vacuum pressure in that space. The vacuum pressure literally sucks a bulging or herniated disc away from nerve tissue, relieving your pinched nerve symptoms. It also pulls water and other nourishing substances into the disc, facilitating healing and normalizing disc height.
If you're looking for a chiropractor near Shoreview who can relieve your back pain, neck pain, and other symptoms, look no further than Health and Wellness Center of MidAmerica. Contact us at 651-484-8448 for an appointment to find out whether spinal decompression can help you!