How Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Works

Non-surgical spinal decompression is a treatment that uses specialized equipment to gently and gradually stretch the spine, creating negative pressure inside the discs. This helps relieve pressure on the nearby nerve roots and tissues, relieving pain and other symptoms caused by herniated or bulging discs. At Tysons Corner Chiropractic in northern Virginia, we are specialists who use a variety of methods, including non-surgical spinal decompression.

What Is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Works

There are different types of non-surgical spinal decompression systems available, each using a slightly different technique to accomplish this goal. Some use a motorized table with an adjustable headpiece, which moves your body in various directions to achieve the desired stretching effect. Other systems use special traction tables or chairs instead. In addition, some newer systems may include additional features such as heat therapies or electrical stimulation to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

What To Expect

The process of non-surgical spinal decompression begins with a full examination and diagnosis by your chiropractic care provider. Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate for the treatment, you will typically be asked to wear a supportive harness or belt during the therapy sessions, which can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. As the system stretches your spine in different directions, it may also apply pressure manually using your body weight as needed. Some systems may use computerized controls to help with this aspect of the treatment.