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Spinal Decompression


#1

Will spinal decompression help maintain alignment of the vertebrae?

According to Poliquin, inhibition in the alignement of the vertebrae, particularly the mid-cervical area, will lead to poor performance in Chest Press movements because of a poor neural drive to the muscle - the signal from the brain to the muscle is impaired.

I know he recommends decompressing the spine for best neural drive, and I was wondering if it'll also help maintain good alignment of the vertebrae.


#2

i've used it to help ease back pain. it definitely feels good, for what that's worth.

i'd think regularly visiting a chiropractor would help make sure your back is in place.


#3

What exactly do you mean by alignment of the vertebrae? Modification of the S-curves, such as decreasing kyphosis or lordosis? Or scoliosis? And also, there are different approaches to "spinal decompression," did you have a specific one in mind?