What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal Decompression Therapy is a simple treatment that’s takes 20 minutes or less and is done right within my office.

an image of herniated disc The therapy begins with our patient lying comfortably on our decompression table, with a set of straps wrapped snugly around the waist and another set below the ribs. We then set up our computerized equipment and instruct it to begin a gentle stretching motion. After a few seconds the cycle will change and our patient feels a gentle relaxation. Throughout the treatment this cycle will repeat numerous times.

The repetitive stretching and relaxing motion of the machine does a couple of things.

As the pressure is reduced on the spine, the vertebral discs separate slightly. When this happens, a slight vacuum occurs between the disc spaces. This slight vacuum can help the bulging disc to retract back into place and may help take pressure off the nerves. Over time, the stretching and relaxing motion will also encourage hydration within the discs.

As this therapy is so gentle and non-invasive, these changes take place over a series of visits.

When do most people see an improvement?

Many people can feel a change after their first visit. For some people it may take two or three visits. Several factors may play a role in an individual’s recovery rate. Depending on your own personal health history, I may recommend several weeks of therapy.

Although no therapy is the right solution for everyone, many of our patients have been able to avoid surgery and return to their normal activities by using spinal decompression therapy.

If you are experiencing sciatica, pinched nerve pain, or a bulging disc, contact our office today at (972)840-2520 to learn if you’re a candidate for spinal decompression therapy.

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