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Spinal Decompression Therapy

What to Know about Spinal Decompression Therapy

Lasting back pain can be debilitating and disruptive to a person’s life. Before chronic back pain prevents you from living life and enjoying regular activities, it is essential to find treatment and pain relief as soon as possible. There are different back pain treatment options, and many people benefit from spinal decompression therapy.

Understanding Spinal Decompression Therapy

Initially introduced in 1991, spinal decompression therapy is considered to be a relatively new treatment option for back pain. This breakthrough treatment is designed to provide long-lasting and permanent relief, especially for patients suffering from severely herniated discs. It uses a traction table or motorised device to stretch the spine and alleviate back and/or leg pain. It is also used to treat the following conditions:

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  • Neck pain or sciatica
  • Worn spinal joints
  • Injured spinal nerve roots

How It Works

A computer-controlled mechanical device is used to slowly and accurately relax the spinal column at a precise angle and force. Patients do not feel pain during or after spinal decompression therapy.

A single session usually lasts about 25 to 30 minutes. During this time, a harness is fitted around the patient’s pelvis and trunk. The patient relaxes (face down or face up) on the computerized table as the therapist operates the machinery. Treatment can take several sessions to achieve “complete decompression,” depending upon the patient’s condition. Afterward, patients are asked to drink a lot water, apply an ice pack on the area, and use a “disc distraction brace” to reduce pressure on the compressed disc. Therapists also recommend taking supplements to replace lost nutrients.

Is Spinal Decompression Right for You?

This nonsurgical treatment can address a number of conditions. Talk to a licensed therapist to determine if you are a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Many people with the following conditions can greatly benefit from spinal decompression therapy:

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  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Spinal tumours
  • Pregnancy pain and discomfort
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Metal spinal implants
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Back surgery that fails to address pain


Please call Oriole Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre at (416) 221-0772 to know more about spinal decompression therapy treatment in Ontario.