Spinal Decompression

The American Spinal Decompression Association says that there is a possible 70 percent chance that spinal decompression can benefit certain individuals suffering with chronic back and/or spinal problems, dependent on individual circumstances. Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive spinal treatment that can be an alternative to surgery, for some individual cases of chronic back pain and spinal disorders.

What Is Decompression Therapy?  

Spinal decompression therapy is an FDA approved treatment that can have a positive long-term effect on chronic back pain. The decompression works by gently stretching the spine very slowly, which helps to relieve some or all pressure that has been placed upon compressed discs and individual vertebrae. This positive effect does not usually happen with a single treatment and this particular holistic therapy generally requires several regular treatments for lasting effect.

What Conditions Does It Treat?

The types of common back conditions that are often treated with spinal decompression therapy are degenerative disc disease, facet joint syndrome, sciatica and herniated disc. All of these conditions benefit from the release of pressure, creating further space between each focal point of the vertebrae or spine. There are other chronic back conditions that may benefit from spinal decompression therapy but it is advisable to seek reliable medical advice before attempting this treatment.


A treatment of spinal decompression therapy involves the use of a decompression table and an operator. The patient is strapped on to the decompression table. The decompression table is then moved in a series on one-minute intervals, while the table controls what is known as the distraction force. The spine is slowly pulled apart, creating a small vacuum between each of the vertebrae, pulling the spine and discs back toward a normal painless structure.


Spinal decompression therapy is a form of traction therapy that has been around for decades, as a non-surgical alternative treatment. Yet, this particular treatment can be expensive costing dpending on the severity of your condition, it is much more cost effective than injections and surgery.  There is also no side effects or risks to this treatment as there is with other conventional treatment approaches that yield very low success rates.  Ask about our discount fees and see if you qualify.

Expert Insight

The Department of Neurosurgery and Radiology in the Rio Grande Regional Hospital and Health Sciences Center, University of Texas, completed a study that showed that during spinal decompression therapy a sufficient measurement of pressure release is performed and can help to alleviate pressure within the spinal vertebrae.