According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord. When this space shrinks, pressure is put on the cord and nerve roots resulting in pain, numbness, and weakness of the arms and/or legs. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation and traction to alleviate the symptoms of spinal stenosis.
Often, traditional doctors will prescribe medication, therapy, braces, or epidurals to treat spinal stenosis. Sometimes these treatments provide relief, but often times that relief is short-lived. Medications, of course, can also have undesired side effects. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, has no unwanted side effects and is 100% safe in the treatment of spinal stenosis. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to restore blood flow to the spine and the surrounding nerves. Many chiropractors will also use traction or spinal decompression therapy to open up new spaces in the spinal column. This new space relieves the pressure that was on the spinal cord and nerve roots.
Many people have somewhat Draconian notions about what traction or spinal decompression entails. They have visions of being stretched on a rack or manipulated in some odd way. Consequently, the mention of traction or spinal decompression by chiropractors is a frightening prospect for them. However, such notions are based entirely on misconceptions. Modern traction systems involve little more than having the patient lie on a bed that effectively and comfortably delivers traction to whatever part of the body needs it: neck, low back, even limbs.
In addition to helping patients who suffer from spinal stenosis, chiropractors in Fresno, CA have found traction to be effective in treating patients who have herniated and degenerative discs, facet syndrome (a degenerative condition of the spine), and sciatica.
If you suffer from any of these ailments, have back pain, or limb difficulties, chiropractors may be able to help you. Most chiropractors will be covered by your insurance, which will also typically cover spinal manipulations, traction or spinal decompression therapy, as well as many other therapies, including massage. If you prefer to deal with ailments at their source, with treatments that have no negative side effects and bring healing to the painful area, as well as providing relief, chiropractors have exactly what you are looking for.
Contact chiropractors in Fresno, CA to ask if spinal decompression or traction is something they offer and if it would benefit you. Also, inquire as to what other services are available. Most chiropractors are very happy to explain the wide array of chiropractic and its benefits to their patients. If you think you might be suffering from spinal stenosis or any other spine-related ailment, you can soon be pain-free with the help of chiropractors in Fresno, CA.
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