Spinal Decompression Therapy FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions: Benefits of Spinal Decompression

Pain relief

  • Reduces pain and swelling.
  • Increases flexibility.
  • Helps prevent further degeneration and damage.
  • Potential alternative for spinal surgery.

Does it hurt?

  • No, Spinal Decompression Therapy gently stretches and loosens the compressed, bulging, herniated, and/or degenerated disc and spinal bones. After treatment there maybe some minor swelling and discomfort, we use ice and Lower Back Supports to get the best results with the least amount of discomfort.

When will I feel better?

  • 20% of patients start to feel pain relief within the 1st week.
  • 40% feel significant results within 2-3 weeks.
  • 20% feel relief between 4-6 week.

Will the benefit last forever?

  • Spinal Decompression Therapy increases disc height and promotes disc healing, proper stretching, weight management and non-compressive physical activity helps to maintain results gained from Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Will I have to come back for additional visits at some point?

  • Some patients return for 1-3 treatments to maintain benefit of Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Why didn’t my MD recommend this treatment?

  • Some doctors only recommend drugs, physical therapy and surgery.
  • Will I be taller
  • Spinal Decompression Therapy increases disc height, you may feel and look taller, Lower Back and Neck become less compressed.

Is Spinal Decompression covered by insurance?

  • No.
  • Why not?
  • That’s a great question. As you know, most insurance companies are cutting down on anything they pay for.

How does Spinal Decompression work?

  • During a Spinal Decompression Therapy Treatment you will feel a gentle lengthening of your spine as the discs are stretched apart relieving the pressure on the Lower Back. Decompression produces a vacuum, which pulls in fluids, nutrients and minerals to allow the disc to re-hydrate and heal. The result is pain reduction, flexibility and increased disc height.

What to expect during a Spinal Decompression session?

  • During a Decompression Treatment you will feel a gentle lengthening of your spine as the discs are stretched apart relieving the pressure on the Lower Back. Treatment times vary from 16 to 26 minutes, 3 to 4 times per week for 12 to 30 weeks.
  • After treatment for the Lower Back, a Lower Back Support is worn all day and an an ice pack is worn for first 20 minutes after treatment.

What are the risks/side effects of Spinal Decompression?

  • For people who are good Spinal Decompression Therapy candidates the risk of further disc damage or other side effects are less then 3-5%.

How many sessions will be needed and how long is each session?

  • Normal protocols are case specific, case may vary:
  • Disc bulges require 20 visits.
  • Disc herniation require 20 to 30 visits depending on the severity and location of herniation as well as the number of discs herniated.
  • Disc degeneration requires 12 to 16 treatments.

Will I require other therapies or rehabilitation exercises in addition to the Spinal Decompression sessions?

  • This varies on case by case basis.

What conditions does Spinal Decompression treat?

  • Chronic Back pain.
  • Chronic Neck pain.
  • Spinal Disc Degeneration.
  • Bulging Discs.
  • Herniated Disc.
  • Spinal Surgery candidates.

When should Spinal Decompression be avoided?

  • The following are not candidates for Spinal Decompression Therapy:
  • Spinal Fractures.
  • Discs that all over 90% degenerated and almost bone on bone.
  • Severe Osteoporosis.
  • Certain spinal diseases.
  • Cancer.
  • Pregnancy.

How is the treatment administered?

  • Treatment is administered on a special computerized disc decompression table.
  • During Spinal Decompression Therapy Treatment, you will feel a gentle lengthening of your spine as the discs are stretched apart relieving the pressure on the Lower Back. Treatment times vary from 16 to 26 minutes, 3 to 4 times per week for 12 to 30 weeks.
  • After treatment for the Lower Back a Lower Back Support is worn during the day and an an ice pack is worn for first 20 minutes after treatment.

Should I also be getting Chiropractic Adjustments?

  • Varies case by case.