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Decompression is therapy for your spine

Among the different kinds of decompression (simple stretching, nonsurgical and surgical), the underlying theory is the same: by changing the position of the spine, we can alleviate pressure on the spinal canal and nerves to effect improvements in back pain. Nonsurgical decompression, of the kind we offer at Espinosa Family Chiropractic, often utilizes a motorized table to gently stretch the spine, creating negative intradiscal pressure and allowing for the rehydration and healing of intervertebral discs. What if we told you that you can create a similar decompressive effect from your own living room? 

Stretches that provide a decompressive effect

Stretching is a powerful way to influence your spinal health. Back pain sufferers benefit from decompressive stretching including:

  • Cat stretch: start on your knees and elbows; flex your abdominal muscles and raise your lower back; hold for 15-20 seconds, repeat 3 times. 
  • Child’s pose: start on your knees then gently lower your upper body until your chest is resting on your thighs and your head is gently touching the ground. Tuck your arms behind you and rest in this position for as long as feels good. 
  • Back arch: start supine; place your hands behind your knees and gently bring your knees up toward your chest. Lift your head slightly off the ground. Hold 15-20 seconds then return to normal; repeat 3 times. 

Getting ahead of your back pain with decompression stretching in Houston

When undertaking a new exercise plan, it is always a good idea to speak with a health professional. We provide you with a comprehensive physical exam to determine the source of your pain and what stretches will give you the most bang for your buck. By combining chiropractic therapy with purposeful decompressive stretching, you can create powerful changes in the way your back feels. Start benefiting from our expertise by calling our office to schedule an appointment today.