Spinal Decompression

Effective, Non-Surgical Pain Relief

spinal decompression

Spinal Decompression is a technique used to alleviate pain in the back and neck using traction to relieve the pressure off of compressed spinal discs.

How does spinal decompression therapy work?

The goals of decompression are to increase flexibility and mobility where injury sites may be present. Spinal decompression therapy, or non-surgical disc repair, works by relieving the pressure on affected spinal nerves by safely stretching the spine column to increase the disc space between vertebrae. 

What Should I expect during therapy?

A specialized treatment table is used to safely and slowly separate the vertebrae in time intervals resulting in a relaxing experience. Each manipulation is held for approximately 45 to 60 seconds followed by a 30 second relax interval.

The vacuum formed when the vertebrae are separated acts like a suction to pull the jelly-like center of the disc back inside, reducing the disc bulge. This relieves the pressure on compressed spinal nerves, which are close to the disc. This action helps with blood flow, which aids in healing of the injured site. Heat and ice is sometimes used post treatment to add to the healing nature of the treatment. 

How many spinal decompression treatments will I need?

Depending on your care, most patients typically require a series of 20-25 treatments over a 6-7 week period. Each spinal decompression treatment lasts 30-45 minutes.

How effective is spinal decompression therapy?

Patients usually report a dramatic reduction in pain after only a few treatments. In peer-reviewed research studies, between 82-93% of patients had good-to-excellent clinical improvements after the normal course of 20-25 treatments. To speed your recovery, we may also incorporate exercise rehabilitation, spinal manipulation and home care regimens.

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