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Decompression Therapy

State-of-the-art decompression traction therapy has proven to be over 86 percent effective at relieving long-term neck and back pain. It’s a highly recommended treatment for bulging or herniated discs, as well as for compression in the spine, sciatica, and headaches. Decompression therapy alleviates pressure that builds up on your discs and nerves, allowing the body to naturally heal itself. No surgery. No drugs. Just relief.

Patients utilizing this therapy simply lay on the decompression therapy table, and the low back or neck is stretched very slowly and gently. As the table gradually increases and holds it’s stretch on the cervical or lumbar spine, pressure is alleviated from the vertebrae and nerves and compressed discs are able to naturally slip back in to place. With each subsequent treatment, the vertebrae, discs, and muscles begin to relax and normal pain is alleviated.

Our chiropractors and physical therapy team work together to prescribe a treatment protocol with the decompression traction therapy unit for optimal rehabilitation. We routinely check your progress and reevaluate your care plan as you improve.

Herniated and Bulging Discs

When the soft jelly discs that cushion the spine slip or rupture out of place the pain can be intense and disrupt daily living. Decompression therapy is effective in allowing your body to naturally heal the herniated or bulging discs. The gradual stretch of the traction therapy table provides increased spacing between the vertebrae, creating an opportunity for the discs to slip back in to their natural place. Over the course of treatment, the disc will begin to reestablish it’s proper position to cushion the vertebrae. Pain diminishes and normal functioning is restored.

Compression of the Spine

The modern lifestyle involves long periods of sitting (and slouching) for many of us. This causes abnormal muscle tension that can lead to compression in the spine. Decreased spacing between vertebrae is also caused by normal aging. When vertebrae are spaced too closely together, pressure on the nerves can cause intense and chronic pain. Decompression traction therapy is particularly effective in stretching the neck and low back to not only reestablish spacing between vertebrae, but also relax tight muscles that often contribute to spinal compression.

Headaches/Migraines

Chronic headaches and migraines can often be caused by spinal compression or slipped discs. Decompression traction therapy targets the root cause of the pain, decreasing the frequency, duration, and intensity of your headaches and migraines.

Sciatica

When there is pressure on the sciatic nerve, located in the lower back and running down the back of the thighs and calves to the feet, decompression traction therapy can be an effective solution for relief. Sciatica often presents itself as shooting or radiating pain, a feeling of tightness or aching wrapping around the glutes and quadriceps, spasms in the low back, or as numbness and tingling to the feet.  Decompression therapy is particularly effective in relieving sciatic nerve inflammation by removing the pressure from the sciatic nerve.

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