What Is Spinal Decompression?


Here at Williamsburg Chiropractic, we offer many forms of therapy to provide you with the best chiropractic treatment possible. We are proud to specialize in the breakthrough technology of non-surgical decompression with the DRX9000. Our office achieves a very high success rate using this non-invasive technology -  to treat herniated discs, chronic back pain and sciatia.

Spinal decompression therapy is basically stretching of the spine. it is completed with a traction table, with the main goal being to relieve leg or back pain. For those of you looking for a nonsurgical decompression therapy, spinal decompression is a great tool for pain relief without the use (or risks) of drugs or surgery.

The Theory of Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression therapy shares the same general principle of spinal traction, minus the use of a traction machine. There are many benefits that are believed to be a result of spinal decompression therapy including:

  • An increase in healing nutrients to the discs by the creation of a lower pressure in the disc

  • A retraction or repositioning of herniated or bulging discs with a negative intradiscal pressure

How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?

Without the use of surgery, spinal decompression can be achieved by stretching and relaxing the spine in a controlled setting. The theory is that the process of spinal decompression creates a negative pressure in the actual disc that has two main benefits:

  • Nutrients that are healing to the disc can flow freely back into the spine

  • The material that is bulging or herniated is pulled back into the disc

What Can I Expect During a Spinal Decompression Session?

If you are suffering from low back pain due to a herniated or bulging disc and it can be treated with spinal decompression therapy, here is what happens:

  1. A harness is attached to the lower end of the table and a harness is placed around your hips

  2. The lower part of the table slides back and forth, which provides relaxation and traction. The upper part of the table remains stable.

  3. You will either be lying face down or face up

  4. Your experience will be pain-free!

If you are suffering from leg pain or low back pain and would like more information on spinal decompression therapy, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our chiropractic team works with a variety of patients to develop a treatment plan that is unique to each individual. It is our mission to help you on your journey to optimal health.