Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment using a specialized table operated through a computerized program which decompresses the spine or more specifically gently separates the vertebrae from one another.   This creates a vacuum or negative intradiscal pressure.  The disc can retract, blood flow, oxygen and nutrients can rehydrate the disc and promote healing of the injury.

While the idea of traction has been around for a long time, decompression is a different technique.  Traction is an action of pulling while decompression is more an act of reducing pressure.  The decompression process is gentle and because it is operating through an on-board computer which can monitor when the body is pulling back.  In this way muscle spasms that can happen through traction can be avoided.  The first decompression device was developed in the late 1980’s.  Biotechnological advances have led to more sophisticated models such as the DRX9000TM which can increase and decrease the “pull” of the spinal positioning.

Prior to a session the health practitioner will do a complete exam and consultation with the client.  A typical session can last 15-20 minutes.  The client is lying down in a relaxed state.  Most clients enjoy the treatment; it is usually comfortable and well tolerated.  The total number of sessions will vary depending on specific condition and rate of progress. 

The following conditions can benefit from decompression:  bulging disc, herniated disc, partially bulging disc, degenerative disc or joint disease, sciatica, chronic low back pain, pinched nerves in back or neck, radiating arm pain.

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