What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safe, non-surgical and drug-free treatment method for chronic neck and lower back conditions associated with disc herniation and joint degeneration. It works by gently lengthening the spine and releasing pressure within the discs, creating ideal conditions for healing.
Could you be helped by Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Do you have severe spine or disc degeneration that is getting worse?
Are simple daily activities like bending to tie your shoelaces or sitting for long periods causing you pain?
Are you worried about numbness, loss of feeling, or loss of strength in your arms or legs?
Have you been told that you have severely degenerated vertebrae or discs in your neck or back?
Have you tried other therapies, or even surgery, with limited success?
If you answered ‘YES’ to one or more of the above questions, then you may be a good candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy.
What conditions can be treated with Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Bulging or herniated discs of the neck or lower back
Degenerative joint disease and spondylosis
Chronic neck or back pain that is not responding to other conservative therapies.
What conditions is Spinal Decompression Therapy not suitable for?
Patients who would otherwise respond to normal ‘conservative’ care, such as chiropractic adjustments.
Some conditions, such as pregnancy, are contraindications to Spinal Decompression Therapy. See FAQs below for more detail.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy work?
The repeated gentle stretching of the spine also assists in restoring proper motion to the surrounding joints and associated soft tissues, including those of the tough outer layer of the disc. This restored motion is vital to the health of the intervertebral joints and the intervertebral discs. Proper movement of any joint in the body helps to keep it supple, as well as promoting good blood flow and nutrition to keep the supportive tissues strong and healthy. For more detail, read the full article on this page.
How do I know if Spinal Decompression Therapy help me?
On your first visit, your chiropractor will perform a thorough history, screening chiropractic, orthopaedic and neurologic examinations, as well as x-rays if necessary. CT or MRI scans may also be ordered.
At the end of this visit, your chiropractor will advise if you are a suitable candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy. If so, an appointment will be made for your Report of Findings on your second visit, where everything will be explained to you before any treatment is commenced. For more detail, read the full article on this page.
Does Spinal Decompression Therapy hurt?
Due to the stretching of scar tissue of the tissues in and around the joints, you may occasionally get an increase of pain during your decompression session, or shortly afterwards. This passing discomfort is common, and a sign of the table doing the work your body needs.
What sort of success rate does Spinal Decompression Therapy have?
Is Spinal Decompression Therapy expensive?
At Canberra Spine Centre, we strive to make all our care affordable. The cost of each session is approximately the same fee we charge for a spinal adjustment with the chiropractor. Considering the length of the treatment and the cost of the equipment involved, this cost is very low. Patients in other countries, such as the USA, will often pay three times the amount we charge for the same treatment.
What conditions can Spinal Decompression Therapy help?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is most helpful for the following conditions:
- Bulging or herniated discs of the neck or lower back
- Degenerative joint disease and spondylosis
- Disc degeneration
- Facet syndrome
- Failed back surgery
- Chronic neck or back pain that is not responding to other conservative therapies.
Are there conditions that make me unsuitable for Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Patients who would otherwise respond to normal ‘conservative’ care, such as chiropractic adjustments, are not suitable candidates for Spinal Decompression Therapy. This would be an unnecessary use of resources where another, simpler therapy would suffice.
The following conditions are contraindications for Spinal Decompression Therapy:
- Severe infections, such as meningitis.
- Spinal cancer.
- Severe disc conditions where pain or other symptoms are radiating to both arms or legs.
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Recent fractures.
- Severe osteoporosis.
- Abdominal pressure issues such as hiatus hernia or aortic aneurysm.
- Cardiac or respiratory insufficiency.
- Decompression anxiety – some severe claustrophobes may not be comfortable on the Decompression Table.
- Joint hypermobility.
Your chiropractor would identify any of the above during the initial consultation and make the necessary recommendations at that point.
Can Spinal Decompression Therapy help me if other treatments have failed?
The same is often the case for failed back surgery – where surgery has been performed, and either the desired result has not been achieved, or a return to the previous condition occurs some time later.
While it cannot help in all these cases, Spinal Decompression Therapy is indicated in cases that have failure to respond to surgery or more conservative therapies.
Is Spinal Decompression Therapy an alternative to spinal surgery?
There are also other categories of disc herniation that are unlikely to respond to Spinal Decompression Therapy. Patients with these problems most likely will require surgery.
Your chiropractor will, after reviewing all examination findings and MRI scans, be able to advise you of which category you are in and refer back to your medical doctor to set an appropriate course of treatment for you.