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What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical and non-invasive treatment for neck or back pain due to herniated/bulging discs (more than 4 weeks old) or recurring pain from failed back surgery (more than 6 months old). This treatment is often used as a natural alternative to neck or back surgery for correction of intervertebral disc injury (herniation/bulge/protrusion) especially after conservative treatment such as chiropractic or physical therapy have failed.

This FDA cleared technology relieves pain by separating the disc spaces. This separation creates negative pressure on the intervertebral discs which relieves disc compression. It is the disc compression that ultimately causes disc injury such as herniation or bulge. Spinal Decompression is the most effective treatment for this cause of herniation, degeneration, arthritis, stenosis, and pressure on the nerve root. According to a clinical study performed by the Orthopedic Technological Review in 2004, 86% of patients experienced spinal pain relief with spinal decompression.

How does Spinal Decompression work?

Genuine decompression involves the use of a special pelvic harness that supports the lumbar spine during therapy. A highly specialized computer is used to modulate the application of distraction forces in order to achieve the ideal effect. The system applies a gentle angled pull which yields far greater treatment results than a less comfortable, sharp angled pull. Distraction must be offset by cycles of partial relaxation. The system continuously monitors spinal resistance and adjusts distraction forces accordingly. This patented technique of decompression helps to  prevent muscle spasm and patient guarding. Constant active monitoring takes place at a rate of 10,000 times per second, making adjustments as many as 20 times per second via its fractional metering and monitoring system.

Negative pressure within the disc is maintained throughout the treatment session. With genuine decompression, the pressure within the disc space can actually be lowered. As a result, the damaged disc will be rehydrated with nutrients and oxygen.

How long before a patient experiences change?

Often times a patient experiences some relief within the first few (3-7) treatments. Usually between the 8th and 12th treatment patients will have reported partial or complete remission of symptoms.

What time commitments are required by patients?

Each treatment session averages between 25-30 minutes in duration. Typically, treatment is administered 3 times weekly for a period of 7 weeks or 20 sessions.

What is the process?

We offer a free consultation on your first visit where we will review your history, explain the program, and answer any questions that you may have. If we determine that you are a candidate for treatment then we offer a free trial treatment. If you are accepted as a patient then fees will be discussed at this point. Most insurance does not cover Spinal Decompression.