What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical therapy procedure to relieve spine associated pain. Spinal decompression uses traction tables to stretch the spine that help the bulging discs and pinched nerves return to their rightful place. Decompression takes pressure off the discs. It is FDA-cleared treatment and very effective for pain associated with bulging or herniated discs even after unsuccessful surgery.

What conditions does Spinal Decompression treat?

  • Posterior facet syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Diseased or injured spinal nerve roots
  • Facet syndrome
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated or bulging discs

How much time it takes and how does it work?

Typically, this treatment takes 30 to 45 minutes. Spinal manipulation, ice packs and stimulation optimize the results of spinal decompression. Patient lies down comfortably on the therapy table. Then a specialized computer starts a program, created just for you, administering the ideal level and angle of decompression for a specific duration. The procedure is very relaxing. Every session is followed by cryotherapy and electric stimulation. A harness is placed around the legs and stomach of patient to keep the body in right position. When the decompression machine starts, it gradually exerts a suction force to pull apart the spine gently and lengthen it for a brief period. When the spine is pulled apart the pressure on spinal discs and vertebrae is relieved. The decompression machine returns the spine to its normal length and corrects the improper alignment of spine.

Is it painful? How many sessions required?

Spinal decompression treatment is completely painless. It is comfortable and relaxing. Some patients fall asleep during the treatment session. Typically, 15-20 sessions are required but it depends on the condition.

Who should avoid the Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Every patient may not be the right candidate for spinal decompression. In case of pregnancy, fractures, tumors, obesity, advanced osteoporosis, previous spinal fusion treatment and nerve tethering or nerve damage the patient should avoid spinal decompression.