Spinal decompression is a simple method for relieving back pain, especially middle and lower back pain caused by herniated disks. The idea is to decompress the spine by pulling the vertebrae slightly apart to ease pressure on the spine. Physiotherapists and other professionals can help to decompress the spine, but it is also possible to perform spinal decompression at home.
Spinal decompression at home can help to relieve conditions caused by bulged disks, where the disk presses on the nerves that connect to the spinal cord and the pressure causes pain. Bulged disks can cause severe back pain, and the pain can also radiate to other parts of the body. Whenever the cartilage in the spine is compressed, it can create either acute or chronic back or neck pain. A bulged disk can be caused by injuries, but it can also result from long-term stress on the spine. Spinal decompression is a non-surgical method to relieve back pain.
There is a variety of methods and special equipment for performing spinal decompression at home. Inversion tables have become increasingly popular, as people who suffer from back pain are finding help from supported inversions. An inversion table is a table that places your upper body lower than the lower part of your body, so that your head lies lower than the legs. Inversion tables have straps you can use to comfortably strap yourself onto the table.
Many back pain sufferers have found inversion tables very useful. Other home tools include equipment for cervical and lumbar decompression, back swings and decompression belts. Decompression tables have to be used regularly and according to the instructions, and your doctor can advice you on how to correctly use a table and how long you should use it for to get the best results.
In cases of mild back pain it is sometimes possible to relieve the pain and lengthen the spine by hanging from a bar (that can be fixed to a door frame at home) with the strength of your arms. There are also additional exercises that can be used to bring more flexibility to the spine and to help spinal decompression at home. It is also important to build up core strength and work on strengthening your abdominal muscles, because these muscles will support your back and prevent back injuries. A physiotherapist or a back pain professional can advice on suitable exercises that can be performed at home safely and effectively to relieve pain and to build up strength.
Back pain is one of the most common causes for days taken off work, and most people suffer from some form of back pain at least once during their lives. Many cases of back pain, especially herniated disks, are often treated with pain medication and sometimes surgery. Spinal decompression at home is one easy home treatment to prevent and relieve back pain without surgery or pain medication.