FAQ

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a clinically tested, computerized, FDA cleared treatment with a very high success rate for a number of low back or neck ailments and pain associated with herniated or bulging disc…even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction based therapy for relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it. This decompression of the discs lets oxygen and blood flow into affected areas to speed up healing and relieve pain. 


Will I have to continue with Spinal Decompression treatments forever?

Besides being a near pain free treatment, this is not a treatment you must do forever. Once the treatment plan outlined by your doctor is completed and maximum recover has been obtained, you are done. Regular chiropractic visits can help keep you at your optimum health. 

Are the effects of Spinal Decompression Therapy permanent?

In most cases, yes. Based on the latest research, Spinal Decompression Therapy is 86% effective. 

How does this negative pressure affect in injured disc?

During spinal decompression therapy, a negative pressure is created within the disc. Because of that negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc and permit healing to occur by letting oxygen and blood flow in the affected areas. 

What system is used for this purpose?

 The Autotrax Spinal Decompression System (ATX) is a computerized treatment that is painless and takes only minutes. The ATX is clinically tested; FDA cleared, and offers pure, honest, genuine spinal decompression therapy at an affordable price. There is no hospitalization. No harmful side effects. ATX Spinal Decompression Therapy gets to the cause of pain by gently taking pressure off the spinal discs and nerves, allowing them to heal naturally. Removing pressure not only allows the spinal discs to reposition themselves but also regain vital fluids which help them to become healthier. 

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from regular traction?

 Traction stretches the muscles and the spine simultaneously, needlessly dispersing energy between various spinal segments, sometimes triggering painful muscle spasms, which can unfortunately prevent needed decompression.Spinal Decompression, by utilizing customized angles of pull, attempts to isolate specific lumbar or cervical disc segments, and additionally, by utilizing customized programs of “hold” and “relax”, reduces or eliminates proprioceptive response and muscle spasms, thus allowing true spinal decompression to occur. 

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves). 

How do I qualify for Spinal Decompression Therapy?

The doctor will evaluate your condition. If you have x-rays, MRI’s or CT scans, please bring them along to your appointment. 

Can Spinal Decompression Therapy help Scoliosis?

In many cases, yes. Spinal decompression therapy accelerates tissue repair and balances the load to the scoliotic disc, thus promoting symmetrical remodeling of the disc wedge. Decompression therapy allows the intervertebral disc to hydrate more effectively. Due to changes in spinal biomechanics, early disc degeneration is a concern for all scoliosis patients. 

Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Yes! One study documented by MRI reported up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases and other studies reported that the majority of ruptured disk patients achieved “good” to “excellent” results after spinal decompression therapy. 

Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not recommended?

Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant woman, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery can be performed. 

Are the Spinal Decompression sessions painful?

In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless and most people even notice a reduction of pain during treatment. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session. Some patients report increased muscle soreness following the first couple of treatments. This is to expect (movement in that area may not have been used in a long time). 

How many sessions will be required?

The specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Based on current research, our clinical experience, and normal situations, the best results have been achieved with a total of 20 to 30 sessions comprised of 20 to 30 minutes each of treatment time. It is up to the doctor’s discretion to determine these times and if the patient can tolerate the longer treatment time. 

How many treatments will I need before seeing results?

Many patients get substantial, immediate relief after just a few treatments. Some after just one. For some patients, they will follow a course of slow, gradual improvements over time. Every patient is different. 

Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises with Spinal Decompression Therapy?

To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as required) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature. We offer Post Decompression Rehabilitation.The Post Decompression Rehabilitation is a series of rehabilitative exercise and stretches that are customized and modified to your specific cervical or low back correction. Strengthening muscles, the core, and supportive structures, will not only make the body strong, but will also keep prior debilitative conditions from coming back.