Spinal Decompression Therapy


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Spinal Decompression Therapy



What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that can help relieve back pain. It works by gently lengthening the spine – to create an optimal healing environment and alleviate pain and pressure. This stretch takes pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, and creates a negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated discs may retract, taking stress off nerves and other structures in your spine. The “suction” from the negative pressure also brings an influx of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs to promote healing.


Chiropractors use Spinal Decompression to treat:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatica, which is pain, weakness, or tingling that extends down the leg or arm.
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Worn spinal joints (posterior facet syndrome)
  • Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
  • Hip arthritis and impingement


How does it work?

You are fully clothed during spinal decompression therapy. The doctor fits you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk. You either lie face down or face up on a computer-controlled table. Our chiropractors and their certified assistants operate the computer, customizing treatment to your specific needs.


How many treatments are needed?

Treatment may last 10 – 20 minutes and you may require 20 – 28 treatments over five to eight weeks. Before or after therapy, you may have other types of treatment such as:

  • Electrical stimulation (electric current that causes certain muscles to contract)
  •           High-Intensity Laser Therapy (the use of infrared light to promote healing and reduce pain and inflammation)
  •        Stabilization exercises


Is it cost effective?

Compared to surgery, spinal decompression is a much less costly option with a quick recovery time. It can also allow for a full recovery of disc problems with no downtime.


 Who should not have Spinal Decompression?

People with any of these conditions should not have spinal decompression.

  • Fracture
  • Tumor
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Pregnancy


During your consultation, your doctor will perform an examination which helps to further classify your condition to increase the likelihood of spinal decompression working for you.


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