Spinal Decompression

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is an alternative to surgery for patients suffering from:

  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging discs
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica (leg pain)
  • Degenerative discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Post-surgical pain and more...

How does spinal decompression work?

Decompression is achieved by using a specific combination of force of pull, angle in degree of pull, and varying times in order to create a negative pressure inside the discs within the spinal cord. 

This reversal of pressure creates a vacuum inside the disc that helps to draw bulging discs and extruded disc material back into place, taking pressure off pinched or irritated nerves. 

Spinal experts believe that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalised environment conducive to healing for both herniated and degenerated discs. 

Based on the patient’s body weight, tolerance, level of severity and duration of symptoms, a spinal decompression specialist will determine a specific treatment plan based on individual needs. This helps to ensure the best, most long-lasting results.

What are the treatments Like? 

At the beginning of each session, you will be comfortably fitted with a harness designed to achieve optimal decompression of the low back or neck. 

During a spinal decompression session, you will notice a slow lengthening of your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and relieved of pressure. 

The treatment process is safe and relaxing. While some patients with extensively injured discs have reported mild discomfort during the first few treatment sessions, their discomfort generally subsides upon subsequent visits. 

A patient safety switch provides an extra safety feature, allowing you to stop at any point should you feel discomfort.

Each treatment session lasts approximately 8-15 minutes. 

What is the typical treatment protocol? 

A typical spinal decompression treatment protocol consists of about 12–20 sessions over four to six weeks. Some conditions require fewer visits, some require more.

Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions, and most experience dramatic pain relief after completion of their prescribed treatment programme.