dreamstime_xxl_14956032It’s unfortunate, but as we age our bodies sometimes don’t handle the process well. The different movements we make each day can become more difficult and even cause pain. Gravity can be a major culprit in this process. As you age, your muscles weaken and gravity causes an even greater effect as your muscles can’t fight against the compression. While a general physician may simply recommend pain medications for management, working with your local chiropractor can have a positive effect and help relieve any pain you’re experiencing.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

There are many different techniques that a chiropractor can use in order to decompress the spinal column without needing to surgically fuse the spine. Spinal fusion removes functionality from the spine even though it forces the vertebrae to stay in very specific alignment. Instead of jumping to spinal fusion, consider a variety of different decompression techniques ranging from the most simple lifestyle changes to using state-of-the-art equipment.

The chiropractors at Progressive Health and Rehab utilize state-of-the-art industry equipment that can measure the amount of strain the musculoskeletal system is under in a variety of places, making adjustments and decompression an exact science.

Additionally, traction can be a method used by chiropractors, or physical therapists, for compression in the upper back. While a traction system may look a bit like a torture device, it’s simply a counter weight system that helps stretch the muscles and relieves the pressure.

A simple, daily activity that you can do to help decompress your spine is go swimming. Swimming helps to reduce the force that gravity places on your spine. Floating around a pool will allow your spine to naturally decompress.

There are a variety of methods to help decompress the spine as we age. Contact your local chiropractor in Gahanna to figure out the best plan for you and allow yourself the chance to live pain free!