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Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical, gentle approach to treating disc bulges, disc degeneration and disc herniation. Decompression therapy can also be used to treat muscle spasms, sciatica, facet syndrome, nerve radiculopathy and foraminal stenosis.

How does Spinal Decompression work?

Spinal decompression is a controlled unloading of the spine. It uses distractive forces, applied in different directions, to create negative pressure in the centre of the intervertebral disc, therefore retracting or reducing the size of the disc bulge or herniation. Retraction of the disc will help take pressure off nerves that are being pinched or damaged, reducing radiating pain and nerve symptoms.

Is it safe?

Decompression therapy has been used safely and effectively by chiropractors, osteopaths and other physical therapy practitioners for years. The chiropractic table is used to create the traction needed to decompress the spine. The table is flexed or gently bent with a controlled pumping action by your practitioner. The negative pressure created in the intervertebral disc by this pumping or bending action also brings vital nutrients and blood flow into the disc that help to create healing.

Spinal decompression is one of the most comfortable, safest and effective forms of treatment. With patients reporting a mild sense of stretch in their back. Many reporting an instant feeling of “pressure” taken off their injury.

How many Decompression treatments do I need?

How many treatments you need depends on the amplitude of your injury. However, we normally suggest you start with 10 treatments, spaced at 2 treatments per week. Your condition will be reassessed regularly. Your practitioner will also prescribe rehabilitation exercises to help aid your recovery.

Is Spinal Decompression the right treatment for me?

No sure if you are right for spinal decompression? Call and book an appointment with one of our chiropractors and we will do a full assessment and let you know. Call 9949 3017 or book online.

A list of conditions treatable by Spinal Decompression Therapy.

  • Disc Herniation – A “slipped disc’. Often caused by a trauma due to bending and rotating whilst lifting.
  • Degenarative disc disease – degeneration and dehydration of the disc due to repetitive activities and age.
  • Sciatica – Pain, numbness, weakness and/or pins and needles into the buttocks, leg or foot.’
  • Facet Syndrome – for every disc there are 2 synovial joints, called facet joints. Aggravation of these joints is a common cause of back pain.
  • Foraminal Stenosis – narrowing of the opening where the spinal nerve exits the spine.
  • Persistent pain – has many causes. Ask our friendly staff for help.

November 19, 2015
Georgina Smith