Questions about Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy

Q: Will Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy treatments hurt? Is it safe?
A: Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy treatments are one of the most gentle and comfortable therapies available. The treatments utilize equipment with proven safety and efficacy. Most patients report a mild sense of stretch on their back or hips, and often fall asleep during treatment sessions. The Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System is produced by the world’s largest manufacturer of hospital-based rehabilitation equipment, with over 58 years of experience. Learn more about Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Q: Is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy new?
A: Although traction therapy has been around for thousands of years, De-compressive Traction is relatively new. Advances in equipment and procedures have dramatically improved effectiveness. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is the most comprehensive program available, allowing the safe delivery of this previously hospital-based therapy in our office. Continual improvements in the delivery system and regular updates in protocol keep Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression at the forefront of non-invasive disc therapy. Each year over 50,000 patients are treated with Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy and that number is growing.

Q: Why is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy more successful than other treatment options?
A: Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is a comprehensive program of the newest traction techniques and targeted “core” stabilization exercises with Biofeedback. In addition, we use other adjunctive treatments that have proven effective in back care. It is this multi-faceted approach that makes the overall treatment so effective. Additionally, discs have been shown to be a predominant site of pain, so treating it as directly as possible makes sense. The blending of focused traction to the site, rehabilitation to the supporting structures, and overall strengthening of global musculature make the treatment unique. Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy affects the disc as directly as possible without surgery.

Q: Why the need for exercises and other therapies?
A: Along with the damage to the disc we also need to treat the supporting spinal muscles. A complete program targeting the function of the stabilization muscles is a vital part of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy. Heat, muscle stimulation, Ultrasound, and cold laser therapy can offer an additional benefits for inflammation and spasm reduction. Our hope is not only to help heal the disc but enhance muscle control and support of the low back. A gradual breakdown of the foundational support of your back is what puts undue stress on the discs and leads to pain and loss of function. Exercise and adjunctive therapies will assist in rehabilitating these structures.

Q: Will my pain go away for good?
A: Although it is difficult to predict the future, our experience is that most patients do find long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire program of treatments. Regular home exercise and periodic visits to our clinic will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of reoccurrence. As with any comprehensive rehabilitation program, your continued home care exercises and discretion in some daily activities are key to long-term relief.

Q: How much will it cost?
A: Our office visits vary as to the extent of care needed, (Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy, adjustments, cold laser therapy, muscle stimulation, ultrasound, massage, auriculotherapy, etc.). However, we promise to only do those procedures necessary for your fullest recovery. You always have the choice as to the extent of care. Our staff will review all costs, payment options, and insurance coverage upfront. We want to help, and believe finances shouldn’t stand in the way of you and good health.

Q: Can Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy help my pain?
A: Though each patient is different and no doctor can guarantee success, the clinical results of this type of therapy have been effective in over 75% of patients treated. Common problems in too many back conditions are damaged discs and poor spinal muscle control. Our treatment program addresses both of these core problems. The Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression System creates a controlled unloading of the vertebra to decrease disc pressure thus increasing blood and nutrient exchange. This exchange of fluids is something the damaged disc desperately needs to help it heal from the inside out. Muscle strength, control, and endurance can all be improved with other facets of Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy that include specific controlled exercises.

​​​​​​​Q: How long will my treatment program be?
A: It depends on the complexity and extent of the rehabilitation needed; however, we typically treat 3 times a week for 1 month, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond. The treatment is administered over a reasonable time frame and your response is continually evaluated. Further treatments may be necessary or a reduced frequency may be recommended at that time. The rehabilitative phase may include additional Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy treatments, with spinal adjustments to enhance the results. Most patients are released from treatments after 8 weeks.

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