Your spine is made up of 33 bones, called vertebrae, that fit together to form the spinal column, which reaches from the base of your skull down to your coccyx. Four areas constitute the spine:
Your spine serves numerous crucial functions, such as housing your spinal cord, providing the primary support for your body, and allowing mobility. Aiding your spine in its enormous job is a cast of supporting players, including:
When discussing spinal decompression, it’s important to understand the role that discs play in your spine. Your vertebrae are separated by discs, which provide a cushion to keep the bones from rubbing together. These discs are made up of a fibrous exterior that houses a jelly-like substance, which provides the cushion.
Spinal decompression is a method of gently stretching your spine, which Dr. Gawith performs using a computer-controlled traction table.
The goal behind spinal decompression is to relieve pain and promote healing by changing the forces exerted on your discs and allowing fluid, oxygen, and other healing properties to gain access.
Dr. Gawith uses spinal decompression for several issues, including:
If you are experiencing pain anywhere along your spine, spinal decompression provides a noninvasive and effective solution.
The number of treatments you need depends on the severity of the issue you are addressing. After a thorough examination — which may include advanced imagery, such as ultrasounds, MRIs, or CT scans — Dr. Gawith diagnoses your problem and creates a treatment plan.
Typically, patients with spinal issues undergo 10-30 treatments (each session lasts 30-45 minutes), and the entire therapy is usually completed in a few weeks to two months.
Since decompression is noninvasive, you may remain active during this time and go about your normal activities. The surgical alternative requires as much time, if not more, due to a prolonged recovery period that limits your ability to function normally.
To find out more about how spinal decompression can help you, call the Wellness One Wichita office for an appointment, or book one online.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!