Spinal Decompression Therapy

FAQ about Decompression Therapy

Posted: November 4, 2015
By: Dr William Cook

If I undergo Spinal Decompression Therapy how long will it be before I start seeing results?

Most patients typically being seeing/feeling results within the first few treatments. Although you must keep in mind that all patients are different, age, weight, and severity of your injury do play a large role in how quickly you may feel relief.

How long are the sessions for Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal Decompression Therapy is usually about a 20-30 minute session on the table, although here in our office sometimes it is paired with other therapies such as our PEMF treatment as well as heat or ice therapy. When scheduling decompression therapy we usually allow about a 45 minute time period for the patient to be in the office.

How do I know if Decompression is for me?

Spinal Decompression is NOT for everyone. There are particular criteria that the doctor looks for in order to refer a patient to decompression. Bulging or herniated discs in the lumbar region are the main symptoms that would have the doctor recommend you to decompression therapy. In most cases the doctors have been regularly seeing you for your pain and treating you with adjustments. A few weeks into care, the doctor will do an exam to see how your spine is progressing. At this time if the doctor does not see a change in your health they may recommend that you try decompression therapy for further assistance.

Does Spinal Decompression have any side effects?

No side effects have been reported from spinal decompression. We do let our patients know that an occasional muscle spasm has been reported, and general soreness is not uncommon, both spasm and soreness subside soon after your decompression session.

Who is a candidate for Decompression?

Anyone who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion or metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, and/or moderate to severe osteoporosis.

Who is a candidate for Decompression?

Anyone who has been told they need surgery but wishes to avoid it, anyone who has been told there is nothing more available to help, anyone who failed to significantly respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the type of care they want.