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Spinal Decompression Therapy

Flexion/Distraction &
Decompression Therapy

At My Chiropractor we combine innovative technology and traditional chiropractic methods to provide the Mackay Community with premier pain relief solutions. Our state-of-the-art Flexion/Distraction & Decompression Table is the first of its kind for the Region and we are the 4th practice in Australia to have this specialised table and technology.

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Woman Experiencing Back Pain in Mackay QLD

How Spinal Decompression Therapy Works

Chronic back pain suffered from disc problems or another spinal-related condition can be treated by spinal decompression therapy, a non-surgical and drug-free method.

Using a cutting-edge spinal decompression table, repetitive movements gently lengthen and release the spine. During the table’s lifting and releasing processes, a negative pressure is charged inside the intervertebral disc, surrounding soft tissues and spinal joints.

By reducing the pressure inside the disc (decompression), nutrients and disc bulges can be pulled back into the disc. In addition to assisting the body’s natural healing process, rehydration of the disc causes physiological changes that help decrease pain levels.

After 25-30 treatments, most patients see significant improvement. Following spinal decompression therapy, continued improvement is seen for up to four years.

What Is Involved In Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Flexion Distraction & Decompression Therapy is a specialised technique. It combines the experience of our Chiropractors with a Flexion/Distraction/Decompression table to gently stretch out the spine and muscles. A series of slow pulls, holds and releases help decompress the joints – it is very gentle with many people finding it relaxing. Over a period of time this technique creates a vacuum effect and in many cases, may help decrease intradiscal pressure and help promote the bulging disc material to be ‘drawn back into place’. The fibres in the outer ring of the disc are also helped to heal and reduce inflammation due to the increase blood flow and improving the nutrition to the disc.

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Man Suffering From Back Pain in Mackay, QLD

The Benefits Of Spinal Decompression Therapy

Many people suffer from back pain, which can be debilitating for several different reasons. It is, fortunately, possible to treat back pain without invasive surgery through a procedure called spinal decompression. To find out whether it’s right for you, review the benefits below.

It’s effective: Healing begins after only one session. The spinal decompression sessions typically last 30 to 45 minutes, with 15 to 30 sessions recommended per six-week period. Through gentle stretching of the spine, the pressure-filled discs are opened to allow oxygen and fluids to flow, instantly relieving the pain.

It’s painless: During this painless treatment, you will feel completely relaxed. The decompression table moves slowly vertically, stretching the spine with the aid of a harness fastened around the hips. In this process, the pressure between the vertebrae is relieved, providing a very relaxing effect.

It’s affordable: With a short recovery time, spinal decompression is much more affordable than surgery. Spinal surgery can be expensive and may not be 100 per cent effective. In addition to allowing for a full recovery of disc problems, spinal decompression allows for a medication-free, speedy healing process. Surgical procedures require a long recovery period and pain medications, which can have negative effects.

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Who Is A Suitable Candidate For Spinal Decompression Therapy?

This specialised therapy is best suited for those who have the following conditions:

  • Disc Herniation/Protrusion/Prolapse
  • Degenerative Disc
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis [primarily in younger individuals]

It is a cost-effective alternative to surgery or an option to provide relief for those requiring surgery. Our chiropractors will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this form of therapy after a full neurological examination. Any x-rays or CT/MRI scans will also need to be assessed so we can determine your exact program/treatment on our specialised table.

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Chiropractor Conducting Spinal Decompression Treatment in a Senior Man in Mackay, QLD

The Effect Of Spinal Decompression Therapy On The Spine

Spinal decompression therapy is an innovative and non-invasive therapy that works by creating additional space between the vertebrae of your spine. The therapy does this by gently stretching the spine. If you have a bulging or herniated disc, the disc can compress the nerves nearby and lead to chronic pain. By creating more space and adding negative pressure, spinal decompression therapy relieves the pressure on the nerves and soft tissues, relieving pain and other long term conditions.

Creating more space between the vertebrae also increases circulation. This means that oxygen, nutrients and fluid can flow back into the injured disc. This encourages the injury to heal. The spinal decompression therapy table can be used to target a number of specific areas including the neck and lower back.

During therapy, the patient is strapped to the table. Other props like cushions can be used to ensure the patient is comfortable throughout and to correctly position the spine for decompression. The parts of the table then gently separate to stretch the spine. High-tech sensors identify if the muscles are resisting the stretch and can reduce the strength of the pull so that the muscles relax again.

The Advantages Of Spinal Decompression Therapy

There are so many benefits to choosing spinal decompression therapy. Increasing blood flow, reducing nerve compression and rehydrating the discs leads to multiple physical benefits. Some of the benefits you might notice after spinal decompression therapy include:

  • Lower pain levels
  • Better spinal mobility
  • Improved posture
  • Improved core strength
  • Greater joint flexibility
  • Lower stress levels
  • Better immune system

Spinal decompression therapy can have a positive effect on your overall wellbeing as a result of these benefits. The physical benefits the therapy gives you can also mean that you’re more resistant to injuries in the future, leading to better health all around.


An Alternative To Surgery

Spinal decompression therapy is a safe, affordable and effective alternative to spinal surgery. Whilst surgical procedures are usually considered a last resort, spinal decompression therapy can be used at any stage. This can decrease your chances of needing to resort to invasive surgery. The most commonly used surgeries for spinal decompression – laminectomy and microdiscectomy – have a much greater risk of failure than the spinal decompression therapy table.

At My Chiropractor, spinal decompression therapy is typically offered as part of a package of therapy that can include more traditional chiropractic treatments and aftercare. Your treatment programme is tailored to you to achieve effective and lasting results.

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Young Woman Receiving Spinal Decompression Treatment in Mackay, QLD

Contact Us Today!

If you’re suffering from herniated or bulging discs, as well as a range of other spinal conditions, you might benefit from spinal decompression therapy. The team at My Chiropractor are experienced chiropractic specialists and we’re committed to providing high-quality care to all of our patients. If you want to find out more about spinal decompression therapy or arrange a consultation at our clinic in Mackay, please get in touch.

Decompression Table FAQs

How often should a decompression table be used?

This will vary depending on your diagnosis, the severity of your condition and other factors. On average, patients can expect a minimum of 12 sessions to realise the benefits of the decompression table. It is normal for follow-up treatments and additional sessions to be required. After around six weeks and 30 treatments, most patients can expect enormous results.

Are decompression tables safe?

There are very few documented risks associated with spinal decompression, according to a review of published data. Like any form of treatment, it is important to seek out a qualified and reputable clinic to carry out this procedure.

Can decompression tables help with pain relief?

Decompressive spinal therapy is used nonsurgically to treat:

  • Any form of back or neck pain, including sciatica, that can involve any weakness, tingling or pain that can also extend into the legs
  • Degenerative disk diseases or bulging disks
  • Degenerative spinal joint diseases (called posterior facet syndrome)
  • Nerve roots within a spinal column that are infected or injured

How does spinal decompression work?

The techniques employed in spinal decompression gently stretch the spine, releasing pressure on the discs between the vertebrae. The release of pressure increases the flow of nutrients to the disc, promoting rehydration and healing. Once the discs are correctly aligned between the vertebrae, many people get relief from backache and other unpleasant symptoms.

Is spinal decompression good for sciatica?

Sciatica is pain caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve, a long, major nerve that runs from the lower back, across the buttocks and down the back of each leg. Displaced vertebrae or a fully or partially collapsed disc can put pressure on the sciatic nerve, causing the symptoms of sciatica. Spinal decompression therapy can help to gently relieve pressure by stretching the spinal structures, ultimately resulting in a lessening of sciatic symptoms.

Can spinal decompression heal a herniated disc?

Spinal decompression relieves pressure on discs, increasing blood flow to the damaged area, which ensures a good supply of nutrients reaches the area to promote healing. In addition, if the herniated disc has been caused or aggravated by misaligned vertebrae, spinal decompression therapy can assist in promoting healthy spinal alignment, which in turn will reduce the risk of the disc sustaining further damage. In summary, decompression therapy can help to accelerate and facilitate the healing of a herniated disc.

How many sessions of spinal decompression therapy will I need?

The number of sessions you will need varies depending on the severity of your spinal problems, how long you’ve had them and their nature. In addition, everyone responds to decompression therapy a little differently. The results of decompression therapy are also influenced by how well you’re able to adhere to the exercise schedules your chiropractor will give you to complement the therapy. Usually, your therapist will agree on a set number of sessions with you at your initial assessment. At the end of these sessions, progress will be evaluated and further sessions recommended if necessary.

Are there any side effects or contra-indications to spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a well-tolerated treatment with very few side effects or contraindications. It’s suitable for people of all ages and those with pre-existing health conditions. During your initial assessment, your therapist will take a full medical history and ask any questions necessary to ascertain whether spinal decompression therapy is right for you.

The main side effect that patients experience is increased tenderness or discomfort in the affected area a couple of days after treatment. This discomfort is usually short-lived and lessens over time.

Will I still need back surgery if I have spinal decompression therapy?

This depends on the nature of your back problem. Some people find that after a course of decompression therapy, their symptoms have subsided to the extent that surgery is no longer required. In some circumstances, the nature of the problem may mean that surgery is still needed, despite the success of spinal decompression therapy. Your therapist will be happy to advise on a case by case nature during your treatment sessions.

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