Choosing Spinal Decompression Exercises
There are a number of different spinal decompression exercises and therapy treatments to choose from. The question to ask is which one is right for you. So, if your friends start telling you how to go about treating constant back pain…listen but not really, you need to take this seriously and seek professional help.
What Is Spinal Decompression?
A compressed spine can happen from the top of the neck all the way down to the lower back. Think of the spinal cord as this intelligent verbal highway that talks to the brain. The brain constantly communicates to the muscles, soft tissues and the nerves. This amazing cord is interconnected and twined in between massive layers of vertebrae, discs and bones.
Compression and pain is instant when there is an injury to the spinal cord or the vertebrae. The nerves will instantly fire off signals and tells the brain the back or neck is out of whack.
Spinal Decompression Exercises Relieves Pain
Depending on the injury spinal decompression exercises can relieve the pain and in some cases be a quicker healing treatment for recovery. Lets break this down so that you know how to identify the pain. The cervical vertebrae supports the neck, the thoracic vertebrae supports the middle of the back and the lumbar vertebrae supports the lower back.
It’s important to be able to understand what part of the spine is causing pain. One of the common symptoms that can tell the body the back is out of whack is sciatic pain. The sciatic nerve is in the lumbar, lower back. This is a very large nerve that travels across the butt all the way down the legs and to the feet.
Recognizing Sciatica Symptoms
When the sciatic nerve is pinched the nerve will signal off a traveling tingling pain running up and down the leg all the way to the ankle. This pain can travel to the front or back of the leg. Don’t mistake this for leg or back-pain, it is much more than that.
Beginning Gentle Sciatica Stretches
Spinal decompression exercises and treatment is one of the fastest alternatives for sciatic nerve relief. Mild and gentle sciatica stretching exercises are part of the healing process.
Most importantly before doing anything if there is swelling or feelings of heat to the back or neck areas do not exercise, immediately start ice packs to take the swelling down. You my have to use a over the counter anti-inflammatory to take the pain and swelling down until you can talk with a naturopath or your doctor.
Natural Alternatives: if you can find calcium orotate or calcium, magnesium, orotate this helps the healing process and warm epsensol baths can relax the muscles and soft tissues.
There are three gentle exercises that will help to decompress the spin and relieve sciatic pain. Do these exercise 2 times a day. This will take time and you will need to stick with it. You may also want to consider working with a practitioner that provides decompression therapy such as inversion tables, acupuncture and deep tissue message.
Be A Cat
This stretch is a good warm up and a good way to start. Do not over extend always work at the level of comfort to feel a gentle stretch. Hold for a count of 10, this is the position to move into the fetal rock.
These exercises done together should become part of a regular routine. Stay with it to strengthen the muscles as the nerves and soft tissue heal. It will take perseverance.
The Fetal Rock
Continue to release the pressure off the lower back. Start on all fours, on hand and knees, gently stretch arms out as far as you can while lowering knees underneath chest, hold for a count of 25 and gently rise up to all fours and be a cat, count to 10 and then repeat 3 times.
Place knees up to chest gently rock side to side to warm up. When warmed up stretch arms out in a T-position. Stretch one leg out and the other leg knee up to the hip, roll to the opposite side as far as comfortable. Hold for a count of 10. Do this on each side 3 times.
As long as the disc is not severely herniated you can avoid surgery. It will take time to heal and as you heal be aware of how you bend, always from the knees and do not pick up heavy object For the ladies or men, stay out of high heels.