Spinal Decompression

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply traction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the targeted discs.

This “vacuum effect” can help to pull back the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but the cumulative results over four to six weeks are dramatic.

Over a series of visits these cycles of decompression and partial relaxation promote 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.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression  is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndromes. The treatments are simple, comfortable and effective. For the low back, the patient lies comfortably on their back on the decompression table, with a set of nicely padded straps snug around the waist and another set around the lower chest. Many patients enjoy the treatment, and even walk out of the office already noticing a difference in their pain levels.

Thinking about back surgery? Reconsider

Back pain affects about 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives and is among the most common complaint received and treated by physicians.

Most often, the exact cause of the pain is not addressed or properly diagnosed but masked with pain medication causing the problem to worsen with time.  After years of pain, people are often faced with a future of painful injections, heavy drug therapy and surgery. Many patients are disturbed by these invasive techniques and look for an alternative and effective solution.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Less than 1% of all low back pain sufferers end up being surgical candidates- and even in their case it may end up being ineffective and possibly debilitating.

Just because you don’t want surgery doesn’t mean you don’t need treatment.  While surgery may be a possible solution, a highly effective non-invasive alternative does exist that can help you relieve or even completely remove your back pain- without surgery. Spinal decompression therapy offers back pain sufferers a non-surgical option that may restore normal function to injured or damaged spines.

What Causes the Pain?

Herniated Disc

One of the most common causes is rooted in the performance of your lumbar discs. Properly functioning lumbar discs have two primary functions: to act as shock absorbers for the spinal joints; and to act as spacers between the vertebrae where your nerves exit the spinal column.

When discs start to break down, the movement in your vertebrae decreases and the discs become dehydrated.  As they dehydrate, the spaces between your vertebrae narrow at the area where the nerves exit.  This can cause nerve compression and pain.  Additionally, as your lumbar discs age, dehydrate, and start to crack, the edges of the discs can bulge.  This bulging can cause a herniation, which can create back pain, leg pain and muscle weakness.

How Does Decompression Work?

Spinal decompression melds technology with the proven techniques of chiropractic medicine.  The computerized decompression table used in spinal decompression therapy may appear somewhat similar to a traditional chiropractic adjustment table, but that’s where the similarities end.

By using precision computerized equipment, a doctor of chiropractic is able to administer targeted therapy to the exact areas which need treatment.  This can be more precise than some traditional chiropractic methods.

In the course of spinal decompression therapy, decompression pulls the joints apart, taking pressure off the nerves, and creating negative pressure within the disc.  Using this proven spinal decompression method, the bulging or herniated material is suctioned back into the disc and rehydrated.

During your spinal decompression therapy, the doctor will set the computer to operate on different cycles to correct different conditions.  If your lumbar disc is bulged, the setting would include intermittent pulling and relaxing, so as to “milk” the disc.  If the lumbar disc is herniated and the tissues are torn, this method would stimulate the body to create new cells – which would actually attach to the outer torn ligament bands of the disc and heal over the torn part with fresh new cells.


Spinal Decompression Therapy has been well received by patients suffering from a variety of conditions. Many people have suffered long term debilitation due to the physical nature of their careers and have resigned themselves to the pain as long as they continue to work. But with the advent of Spinal Decompression, long term sufferers are beginning to see the light.

Who Is A Candidate For Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Generally, most patients with slipped and/or bulging (herniated) discs as well as those who have chronic neck and/or back pain are good candidates for spinal decompression therapy.  Other sp ecific conditions that may be helped by this therapeutic procedure include spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet syndrome, spondylosis or even failed spinal surgery.

For more information on Spinal Decompression contact Dr Godwin at Salisbury Chiropractic: (704) 633-9335.

Article Reprinted from The Healthy Times, July, 2009


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