Spinal decompression


Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression



Spinal decompression therapy is FDA approved and has been clinically proven with an excellent success rate. It is a nonsurgical, traction therapy for the 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. The frequency and oscillation of the treatment allows enhanced blood flow and oxygen to enter the problem area reducing pain and increasing function.

Who specifically benefits from this the most?

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

What can this vacuum effect do?


The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.

What machine is used in our clinic?

There is a number of spinal decompression systems presently used in the United States. After significant research over the last 5 years since opening our clinic, we have chosen the Kennedy Neural-Flex Decompression Table. This machine allows us to provide our patients with quality decompression for a fraction of the cost of some of the other machines, such as the DRX 9000. It is the ONLY table on the market allowing you to be comfortably and effectively treated on your stomach or on your back.  This is important because depending on your diagnosis, it may be too uncomfortable to lay one way and will then prohibit the treatment. With this specific table we will be able to get you in the perfect position for the treatment to be effective. The Kennedy Neural-Flex Decompression Table allows for patient’s to be treated for both neck and back pain allowing for a comfortable position and is customizable for any patient height or weight.


Is Spinal Decompression different inversion?

The Kennedy Decompression computer/motor is the key. It controls the variations in spindecomp.pngthe traction allowing for spinal decompression and eliminating muscle reactions and subsequent over-compression of the full spine that is typically seen in conventional traction devices or inversion tables. Inversion tables over-traction ALL disc segments and elongates the spinal muscles taking away the natural curves in the spine. The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction and table angles allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration.


When is it not recommended?

Spinal decompression therapy is usually not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe spinal degeneration, 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.

How many treatments do I need?

The specific treatment plan is determined by the doctor after your examination, x-rays, and evaluation. Based on the current research, the best results have been achieved utilizing a protocol of 15-20 sessions over a 6-8 week period. Certain patients with very mild symptoms will follow a 10-session protocol. Each session of spinal decompression therapy takes 30 minutes. To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are usually treated initially with passive therapies (ice and/or heat, electric stim, cold laser), stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. Once improvement occurs, active rehabilitation is implemented in order to strengthen the spinal musculature

Avoiding Surgery in Comfort

The Eyerman study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniation’s in 10 of 14 cases! The SealyBorgmeyer study reported that 86% of ruptured disc patients achieved "good" (50-89% improvement) to "excellent” (90- 100% improvement) results after spinal decompression therapy! The results we have achieved in our office reflect this exactly. From our experience surgery to the spine has too many risks and a poor recovery. Often surgery is repeated within 3-5 years.

How much does Spinal Decompression Therapy cost?                                             

If you have done any research into this type of Spinal Decompression, you will find that many other facilities are charging $3000.00 to $4000.00 for just the Traction and this does not include the passive and active rehab, and most importantly, the chiropractic adjustment. Without the chiropractic adjustment, your care will not be as effective because your nervous system will not be functioning at its optimum and could prevent the proper healing to take place.


Because this is a specialized treatment above and beyond routine chiropractic adjustments and requires the additional skill and supervision of trained staff, the cost is separate from our regular fees. Axial Decompression and its treatments done on the same day are not covered under all insurance plans. To bring the cost down we are doing your therapy and adjustment as part of the decompression treatment and will not charge extra for it. This will save your insurance treatment limits for other issues that may arise this year. Your insurance will cover you for your examination visits, x-rays, massage sessions, and regular chiropractic visits.


The initial protocol for this runs between 10-20 visits. Maintenance treatments may be set up after your initial treatment plan. Because the results that we expect with this care happen over time and with the consistency of care, we will ask you to commit to the entire length of care that we recommend so that we are certain that you will follow through with your treatment. Payment plans are available according to the treatment plan your Doctor will give you. This typically has a range between $900-2000.


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