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Spinal Decompression – What is it and how does it work?

Is Spinal Decompression Right for You?

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As the leading cause of job-related disability, sufferers of chronic lower back pain know how damaging the condition can be to their quality of life. While there are numerous treatment options available, many patients still have difficulty finding relief from their pain. For these patients, spinal decompression therapy could be a viable option! Read on to learn more about this powerful treatment and how it can benefit you.

What is spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy uses similar methods that chiropractors, osteopaths, and other healthcare providers have been practicing for years. It’s a painless, noninvasive treatment that uses traction (movement) to pull on the spine gently. This mild movement creates negative pressure between vertebrae in the spine to reposition bulging or herniated discs and soothe other conditions. This decrease in pressure also allows a flood of nutrient-rich fluids to wash over inflamed discs and promote healing.

Usually, doctors recommend spinal decompression when other forms of therapy like massage, chiropractic, and physical therapy haven’t relieved symptoms. It’s used to treat those suffering from degenerative disc disease, chronic neck pain, frequent headaches, sciatica, and many other conditions. If you’re unsure if your symptoms can be treated with spinal decompression, reach out to your chiropractor to see what he or she recommends.

How does it work?

During a typical session, patients lie fully clothed on top of a motorized table. In most cases, patients lie on their backs, but some procedures might have them faced down in a prone position. A brace is fitted snugly around

the patient’s torso, which protects the spine’s stability. Then, the brace attached to the movable lower-half of the table. While this lower-half slides forward and back to provide traction for the spine, the upper-half remains fixed to support the head and shoulders.

Your health care practitioner may combine your spinal decompression session with other types of treatments. These might include electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and heat or cold therapy. Your chiropractor will be able to help you find the best combination of treatments for your unique condition.

What is the timeline?

For best results, patients can typically expect to receive 15-20 sessions over the course of four to six weeks.  Sessions can last between 30-45 minutes and should not be painful, although patients will feel moderate stretching sensations. While there is no precise timeline, many patients report significant relief from their symptoms by the fifth or sixth visit. Other patients even experience total relief from their pain at the time of their decompression. But every patient is different, so it might take longer for some patients to see results from spinal decompression therapy.

Who should avoid spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy can hugely beneficial in treating chronic pain and other conditions. But some people might want to avoid it. Pregnant women experiencing lower back and leg pain shouldn’t seek out spinal decompression as it could put it the baby at risk. Likewise, patients with broken vertebrae, spinal fusion, or metal implants should also seek out other forms of treatment.

Want to know more?

Spinal decompression therapy can be a highly effective, noninvasive alternative to painful and potentially disruptive surgical procedures. If you want to learn more, contact the Algonquin Chiropractic Center in Algonquin, Illinois today to set up a consultation.

Conservative Chiropractic Care or Back Surgery: How You Decide to Treat Back Pain

Back pain? What treatment do you want? We can see from the graph below that what provider you initially choose will have a MAJOR impact on what form of treatment you receive.

(Read how Margaret avoided back surgery below!)

Conservative Chiropractic Care or Back Surgery by Algonquin Chiropractic Center

Many non-chiropractic health care professionals recognize the value of chiropractic back pain treatment. In the Journal of the American Medical Association article published in 2013, the authors suggested chiropractic for low-back pain. Surgery was mentioned as an option only if all else fails.

In another highly respected medical journal, manual manipulation (chiropractic) was shown to beat medication for short-term relief of chronic back pain. With prescription pain drug abuse now classified as an “epidemic” in the United States and the number of spinal fusions soaring 500 percent over the last decade, the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are more critical than ever.

Doesn’t back pain simply disappear by itself?
Researchers used to believe that back pain would heal on its own. But although back pain may disappear temporarily, it is relatively likely to return. It has been demonstrated that more than 33 percent of people who experience low-back pain find that it lasts longer than 30 days. With recurrence rates as high as 94% proper management of back pain is essential.

What separates our clinic from others?
Numerous reasons, but the Cox Technique is one of the main reasons. This specialized table allows me to painlessly decompress the disc (creating a negative pressure on the disc) and give the nerve 28% more room. Decompressing the disc and relieving pressure on spinal nerves is why this technique is so effective treating difficult back conditions like sciatica, stenosis and disc herniation.

For example, “Margaret” was told by 2 different surgeons that she would need immediate surgery or suffer “permanent nerve damage” or would “be paralyzed.” Well, after treatment on the Cox table she never had surgery and is back to her normal lifestyle which includes working, exercising, walking the dog, traveling, etc… No permanent nerve damage and no paralysis.

Margaret chose a chiropractor as her first choice of provider, she didn’t know it but she only had a 1.5% chance of having surgery. With a case like hers, seeing a surgeon first and hearing the lies about “paralysis and nerve damage” might scare anyone into surgery.


Anthony R. Galante DC CCSP
2210 Huntington Dr. N.
Algonquin, Il. 60102

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