spinal-decompression-faqs

SPINAL DECOMPRESSION FAQS

 

BackFit Health + Spine, we are fully committed to giving our patients the best care through our chiropractor and our chiropractic staff. We offer not only a full range of all chiropractic services and physiotherapy services, we also offer spinal decompression therapy of the non-surgical type. The Frequently Asked Questions list below will explain everything you might want to know about spinal decompression as a new patient.


Why Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is Different

Many people confuse surgical spinal decompression with our non-surgical approach. Non-surgical decompression is a 100 percent non-invasive method of spinal therapy that is designed to relieve a number of different pain complaints. Patients will never be under anesthesia and won’t undergo painful operative techniques with non-surgical decompression.


When Do You Need This Type of Treatment?

This treatment may be prescribed at any time after an injury, particularly in situations such as auto accidents. The chiropractor may choose to begin with the decompression treatment from the outset, or it may be started after traditional chiropractic adjustments are not found to be successful.


What Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Do?

The main objective of decompression therapy is to gradually elongate the spinal column so that pain and pressure on the spine can be relieved. This therapy will also help to align the spinal column properly.


How Does Decompression Therapy Work?

Spinal decompression therapy begins when the patient is gently but firmly secured to the treatment table. A secure fabric harness is placed around the patient’s legs and abdomen. The harness will keep the patient’s body in the right position during the treatment.

When the machine is started, it will gradually begin to exert a suction force. This suction will start to pull apart the spine, lengthening it for a brief period. While the spine is pulled apart, the pressure on the vertebrae and spinal discs is relieved. The wrongful alignment of the spine is corrected when the decompression machine returns the spine to its normal length.


How Long is a Spinal Decompression Treatment?

The length of a decompression treatment is typically not going to exceed 20 minutes or half an hour. While it may vary by patient and the degree of correction needed, these treatments are usually relatively short in duration.


How Many Spinal Decompression Treatments Will You Need?

This will depend entirely on your individual situation and your specific injury. Most patients do need more than one decompression treatment, and you may have one or two treatments a week for a month or longer, depending upon your unique needs.


Will Spinal Decompression Be Painful?

This treatment is not a painful one. Most people will, at most, feel a pressure in their spine, but it is nothing that will cause pain. In fact, the thing that most patients notice is that they will often start to have less pain after this type of treatment.