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Spinal Decompression

Decompression therapy is a safe, non-surgical, and drug-free treatment developed to relieve symptoms of:

  • Herniated discs
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Low back pain
  • Bulging discs
  • Facet syndrome
  • Degenerative joint disease

Decompression therapy requires the use of sophisticated equipment. Simply described, this method of treatment uses a therapeutic table that is connected to a computer to electronically distract and decompress your spinal structures. You rest on the table while a padded harness focuses the gentle, distractive force along your spinal column. This decompresses your spine- specifically the intervertebral discs and joints- and stretches your spinal muscles- the three structures that produce most of your pain.

Prior to beginning treatments, we evaluate you to determine if you are a candidate. Not everyone is a candidate for decompression. Your medical history, x-rays, and CT/MRI scans are carefully reviewed. If you are a candidate for decompression therapy, an individual treatment plan is created for your specific needs. It is very important that you complete your treatment plan.

At the beginning of each session, you are fitted with a comfortable harness designed to offer optimal decompression. You are fully dressed and a specifically trained technician will make sure that you are properly positioned for comfort safety and effectiveness. The computer is programmed in accordance with your specific treatment plan and your session commences. You are in complete control and can shut down the treatment if any discomfort should occur.

During each session, you will experience multiple cycles of distraction/relaxation, which may take 15-30 minutes to complete. The equipment is designed to apply precisely controlled tension along the axis of the interverebral discs. The process is fully automated and administered by a computer, which in turn is monitored by an attending technician.

During the distraction cycle, you may feel some relief of the pressure in the area where your pain exists. During this time, you body is responding by flooding the area with valuable oxygen, blood, and nutrients, which help promote your body’s natural healing process.