Decompression Therapy

Life Can’t Wait

Spinal Decompression Therapy is performed on a specially designed table in either a face up or face down position. Clinical consideration and your comfort are used in deciding which position will be best for you. You will remain fully dressed during the treatment.

Once comfortable on the table the computer-controlled traction device is programmed to deliver a gentle stretching force to the spinal vertebra. The system applies the gentle force then releases it approximately every minute throughout the session. The total treatment time is typically 20 minutes. Most patients report simply feeling a subtle and gentle stretching affect. Since Decompression Therapy is a comfort-based procedure, patients usually report a sense of relief and relaxation during the session. Many patients even fall to sleep.

How it Works

The gentle stretching and relaxing of the spine allows a normal disc to get nutrition. This stretching promotes nutrition intake into the discs, something often lost in damaged and degenerative disc conditions. In a healthy spine, nutrition is achieved naturally with daily motions and body positions and accounts for the increase of disc thickness in the morning and decrease at night. A disc with fewer nutrients and hydration, is more likely to become injured and painful. Decompression can re-supply the disc with nutrients and blood contact that help the disc heal from the inside out. Also the dramatic decrease of pressure in the disc (decompression) can foster the drawing in of a bulge and help take pressure off a “pinched” spinal nerve.

The Results

Although most patients report dramatic reduction of their pain within as few as five treatments, an injured spinal disc needs time to heal. This is why we urge you to be regular with your prescribed treatments and office visits. Research shows to completely heal some discs a regular program of home exercises will need to be followed. Spinal disc structures can take months to heal. Even though your pain may be gone, preventative treatment may be indicated to keep your spine healthy and avoid further injury. As you become more mobile and more able to return to your normal lifestyle, your increased activity is what your spine needs most. Movement is life.