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Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal of relieving various pains and free your nerves.


What is Decompression Therapy?

Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical and non-invasive procedure that effectively treats disabling low back, neck, radiating leg & arm pain, joint pain and headaches.

Decompression Therapy effectively relieves the pain associated with disc herniation, degenerative discs, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, nerve pinching and other spinal related syndromes, by reducing the pressure on spinal discs and facet joints through unloading created by distraction and positioning. This form of treatment has no known side effects and has been proven to be successful even with patients who have had limited success with other conventional therapies.

Spinal Decompression creates a highly specific force that gently stretches the spine, causing negative pressure to develop in the damaged disc. This causes the disc bulge (or herniation) to move off of the injured nerve and retract back into the disc. At the same time, the negative pressure creates an opportunity for water, oxygen and nutrients to be drawn back into the disc and promote healing process.

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression?

Any individual that has lower back pain, sciatic pain, or neck pain that has not been relieved or has limited success by conventional therapies like Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, or Physiotherapy.

Conditions which can benefits from spinal decompression,
• Herniated Discs
• Sciatica
• Spinal Arthritis
• Failed Surgery
• Bulging Discs
• Degenerative Disc
• Spinal Stenosis
• Facet Syndrome
• Radiculopathy
• Headaches

What happens during a session and how many are typically needed?

In treatment session, the patient lies on a padded comfortable motorized table, the lower half of which can move is secured into position by a harness around the hips or pelvic area and is attached to the lower table near the feet. The upper part of the table remains in a fixed position while the lower part, to which the patient is harnessed, slides back and forth to provide the traction and relaxation.

There are multiple cycles where spinal decompression forces alternate between a maximum and minimum therapeutic level during each session. The cycling of forces in this manner creates a pumping action that simulates the natural processes responsible for re-nourishing and healing your damaged disc.

Patients find this therapy quite comfortable and even relaxing. Most patients report a mild sense of stretching on their back or hips, and often fall asleep during treatment sessions. Occasionally, few patients may experience mild muscular soreness during treatment, similar to what one might feel when starting a new exercise. On occasion, ultrasound therapy, laser therapy, exercises or shockwave therapy are prescribed to support the benefits of Spinal Decompression therapy.

Patients typically undergo 15 to 20 decompression/traction treatment sessions and the treatment session may include additional physiotherapy. Treatment time will vary upon a patient’s condition and is determined by a thorough pre-treatment physiotherapy evaluation. It is important to note that many patients get substantial, immediate relief after just a few physical therapy treatments.

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