Frequently Asked Questions

Spinal decompression frequently asked questions

Q: What is Spinal Decompression Therapy, and how does it work?
A: Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is a spinal disc rehabilitation program that gently stretches the spine and decompresses the discs. This technique of spinal decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intradiscal pressure.

The negative pressure can induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation over a series of visits, promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.

Patients are treated fully clothed and are fitted with a pelvic harness as well as a thoracic harness.  Treatment can be performed face down or face up (patient dependant) on a computer controlled table.  Each treatment takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.  Most patients find the sessions to be comfortable, and relief of pain can sometimes be noticed in the first few sessions.

Q: Will Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression help a slipped disc?
A: Studies demonstrate that Spinal Decompression Therapy succeeds at treating bulging or herniated discs in a safe and effective manner.

Q: How much does the therapy cost?
A: Each session will cost $50.00. Our office does not require a contract to be signed prior to treatment.

Q: Will my insurance cover it?
A: There are many insurance plans, all with different benefits. Some plans cover the costs of associated procedures. We will certainly be glad to help you verify all of your insurance benefits when you come into the office for a consultation.

Q: Are there any reasons that I can’t go on this type of therapy?
A: It must be determined if you are a candidate for decompression therapy as there are certain conditions which contraindicate this type of therapy. A medical history will be taken during the initial evaluation. If a red flag is raised during this evaluation then you may be referred for radiographs or advised to undergo a different type of treatment.

Spinal Decompression is contra-indicated for the following conditions:

  • Tumors
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurism
  • Fractures
  • Metal Implants/Screws/Plates in spine
  • Advanced Osteoporosis