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Spinal Decompression at the Illinois Back Institute

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

spinal decompressionAnyone who has ever experienced any level of back pain (whether just for a few moments after carrying a heavy bin of books up a flight a stairs or over what seems like an eternity since you wiped out while trying to learn how to ski) knows that it is often overwhelming and makes you to stop dead in your tracks and think of little else except that pain.  When it hits and shoots up your back, in your neck, or even down your legs, all you can think about is alleviating it.

Depending on the severity and length of the back pain, some people try over-the-counter pain pills from the corner drugstore, while others try soaking in a hot bath, lying flat on the hard wooden floor, crankin’ the elbow at the local watering hole to try to forget the pain, and even trying to convince oneself the back pain doesn’t really exist and it’s only in the mind (as some books claim). You, however, know the back pain is real and that it is literally impossible to focus on much else until that pain subsides.  

While it may sometimes feel like you are the only one in the world with a back pain, often the underlying source of that back pain is the very common bulging disc. Bulging discs are not only very common, but also don’t present themselves until the bulging disc starts to squeeze neighboring nerves on the spine. While everyone seems to have an opinion on how to treat your back pain, not all of those suggestions work. 

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One such common treatment recommendation is to try to relieve the pressure at the roots of the nerves. This can be done through decompression (literally taking the pressure of the bulging disc “off” the nerves) with the help of an inversion table.  Inversion tables require you to recline flat on your back (as you would on the floor or on your bed); the difference, however, between being on your bed or floor and being on the inversion table is that the table is able to be titled back so that your head is now where your feet once were. This position - created by the inversion table - helps the pressure of the bulging disc against the nerve endings to now “relax” and decompress (and no longer feel “pulled down” and tightened as a result of gravity when you are standing).  The use of an inversion table for the bulging disc is one option. There are others.  

When home (and pub) remedies no longer seem to work, back surgery always seemed to be the only professional option available. Today, however, facilities like the Illinois Back Institute are able to treat back pain and bulging discs in a non-invasive, non-traumatic, natural way. One such alternative to even the inversion table (and to investing in the local corner bar) for the bulging disc is Functional Disc Rehydration™ ~ a non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free treatment. Through cycles of compression and traction movements, Functional Disc Rehydration™ reverses disc degeneration and enables you to experience (at last) a stronger, pain-free back. Life is too short and too wonderful to experience and embrace it focused not on each moment, but on your back pain.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a retired NFL player, a schoolteacher, a construction worker, a roofer, a doctor, lawyer, or a blues guitar player, today there are 21st century , natural options available to everyone with back pain that are worth exploring further.  

What have you got to lose, except that pain in your back?

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Topics: chicago back pain, spinal decompression, decompression, bulging disc decompression, intervertebral disc degeneration