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What is Spinal Decompression Therapy? 

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive decompression technique which enhances the body’s natural healing process. It involves stretching of the vertebral column gently along the length of the spine, promoting an optimal environment for healing of bulged, herniated, compressed/degenerated discs. The spinal column is stretched and relaxed in cycles through a computerized traction table for approximately 25-30 mins.  

The traction creates space for bulging/herniated discs, allowing them to reposition to their original position. Moreover, it allows the influx of essential nutrients to the damaged surrounding tissue and nerve roots which enhances the healing process further and helps in relieving pain experienced from compressed discs 

What kind of conditions can be treated?

Spinal decompression therapy has helped in relieving back pain symptoms in many patients, allowing them to resume daily activities and promote a healthier active lifestyle. Apart from chronic back pain, it can be used to treat a variety of conditions such as:

  • Sciatica symptoms
  • Degenerative/herniated discs
  • Headaches
  • Neck/cervical pain
  • Radiating pain in legs

What does each session entail? 

Each DTS treatment session is usually 25-30 mins long and is administered 1-2 times per week depending on the severity of your condition and your treatment plan. During the session, the patient is strapped securely onto a traction table and experiences different cycles of traction and relaxation of the spine. The amount of stretch experienced is controlled by an automated machine which is adjusted by the practitioner depending on the body size, condition and specificity of pain tolerance of the patient. Depending on your condition and practitioner’s analysis, your visit might involve a chiropractic adjustment in conjunction with spinal decompression therapy. Many patients fall asleep during this treatment as it is relaxing and pain relieving. 

Ask your chiropractor about this form of therapy at your next appointment or book online!

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