Get the Facts About Cervical Decompression

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Are you planning to see a chiropractor for cervical decompression? If so, then continue reading to get the facts about this treatment for neck pain.

Cervical decompression addresses nerves that are compressed in the neck

Medical conditions, injury, age, and other factors can all contribute to nerve compression in the cervical spine. For patients who have a mild case of nerve compression, wearing a soft collar can be enough to provide their neck with the strength that it needs to heal and relieve pressure from the affected nerves. In other cases, therapies, exercises, and medications that address inflammation and relax muscles may be prescribed.

Cervical decompression therapy can involve a range of treatments

When nerves are being compressed by your spine, there are several steps that your chiropractor might take to address the problem. The application of hot and cold packs can be used to reduce swelling and inflammation in the area, and electrical stimulation can encourage tightened muscles to relax. Massages and special exercises may also be used to relieve your symptoms.

Exercise and stretching may be used in conjunction with cervical decompression

An elderly man experiencing back pain while exercising

When your chiropractor prescribes cervical decompression for your pain symptoms, then he will probably advise you to perform exercises and stretches together with your therapy. Walking helps to strengthen the muscles in your legs, hips, and back, and this muscle group plays an important role in supporting your spine. Because of this, adding 20 minutes or more of walking to your normal routine is an excellent way to provide your spine with additional support. By strengthening these muscles, your body will be better able to resist compression of your spine and allow you to heal faster. Stretching is important because it can help your body build endurance, flexibility, and strength, which is an important part of the healing process.

At The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers, we offer comprehensive treatment for a broad range of spine problems.

Dr. Mark Yezak
Mark Yezak, BS, DC, is the founder, chiropractic director, and chief of staff at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers. Offering 25 years of experience. Dr. Yezak is a published author of research papers, books, and journal entries. He is undoubtedly a leader in his field.
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