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Decompression

Overview: Nonsurgical spinal decompression is an exciting alternative to back surgery and steroid injections for disc herniation, disc bulging, degenerative discs, sciatica, and pain / numbness in the arms or legs. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine taking pressure off the spinal discs and nerves.

Proponents of this treatment say that over time, negative pressure from this therapy may cause bulging or herniated disks to retract. That can take pressure off the nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.


What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal Decompression is a form of intermittent traction utilizing computerized protocols to decompress or open up space between spinal vertebra allowing for disc healing and removal of pressure on irritated spinal nerves. This is an exciting alternative to living with pain, having repeated injections, or surgery. The goals of spinal decompression therapy include: pain relief, improved mobility and flexibility, disc retraction, relief of nerve root compression, and improved blood flow.

What conditions can be helped by Spinal Decompression?

Spinal Decompression is commonly used to treat difficult spinal conditions including herniated discs, bulging discs, degenerated spinal discs, pinched nerves, facet syndrome, sciatica, and arm or leg pain. These conditions typically are very painful and may be debilitating. Patients commonly are in constant pain, have muscle spasms, have trouble sitting, bending, lifting, sleeping, and working. Patients that have pain that is worse when sitting, standing, bending, and lifting and who are better when lying down are generally good candidates for decompression.

Are there patients that cannot have Spinal Decompression?

Answer: Yes, there are contraindications to decompression including:increased pain or referral of pain / muscle spasms on trial decompression, cancer, aortic aneurysm, recent spinal surgery (less than 6 months post surgical), significant osteoporosis, spinal rods or screws, pregnancy, young patients with non-fused growth plates, spondylolisthesis, and spondylolysis.

Is Spinal Decompression safe? Is it painful?

Spinal Decompression is very safe and should never be painful. If decompression should be painful there is a button for the patient to push that automatically stops the treatment. Patients that find decompression painful are not candidates for Decompression Therapy. For most patient decompression therapy is very comfortable and relaxing.

How many treatments are needed?

There is no hard rule to the number of treatments needed. Some patients may do great after only a few sessions while others may take 20 or more sessions to obtain maximum benefit. Many patients notice improvement even with their first treatment.

How long do Spinal Decompression sessions take?

Treatments generally take about 40 minutes including pre and post treatment procedures.

Does insurance cover Spinal Decompression? How much do treatments cost?

Some insurance plans do cover Spinal Decompression. If you are a candidate we will call to verify your coverage and find out how your plan covers decompression. If not, we offer treatment at a very affordable fee.

Do I have to pay for all of my treatments up front?

No. We do offer payment on a session by session basis or we do have package plans available at reduced fees.