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Spinal Decompression

We are excited to bring in a new technology to help patients with lower back pain, sciatica, radiculopathies, spinal stenosis and more..


This Non-Surgical approach to care is gently and very effective. Decrompression therapy uses motorized traction to gently take pressure off the vertebrae, nerves and spinal joints (facet joints) using specific intermittent  pull patterns. This release of pressure facilitates the flow of water, oxygen, and nutrients to your discs and facet joints allowing discs to re-absorb and joints to decompress leading to decreased pain, improved mobility and nerve function. 


Conditions treated with non-surgical spinal decompression:

  • bulging discs
  • degenerative joint/disc disease (arthritis of the vertebral joints)
  • spinal stenosis
  • pinched nerves
  • lower back pain/sciatica

A recent study showed a 64% of patients showed at least a 50% pain reduction following 20 decompression treatments.


Is it Safe?


Yes, non-surgical mechanical spinal decompression is very safe. If fact, a recent study from 2016 comparing surgical vs. non surgical treatments for spinal stenosis "noted that the rate of side effects ranged from 10% to 24% in surgical cases, and no side effects were reported for any conservative treatment."


We are currently treating a patient with an 12.4mm disc protrusion who came into our office with severe pain and loss of mobility. He was referred out for an MRI which showed a large disc injury. We quickly got to work and began gentle manipulations along with the use of our new decompression table.  As a precaution I had referred the patient to a spine surgeon who prescribed a surgical option, but the patient opted to continue with conservative care as he had already started to see positive results. After less than 10 treatments he's shown significant results and as of now he's not likely to need the surgery.


How do you know if you or your loved ones are candidates for spinal decompression therapy (SDT)?

SDT is not for everyone. This therapy is reserved for patients with MRI diagnosed large disc bulges/protrusions, advanced DDD (degenerative disc disease), spinal stenosis, and patients who did not respond well to conservative care.  


Does it HURT?

NO. SDT is a very gently and relaxing technique. Only the necessary tension is applied to create an axial load on the vertebra and create minor stretches at the vertebral levels. 


How long does each treatment last?

SDT treatments last about 30 minutes each from start to finish.


How many treatments are needed to see results?

Most candidates for SDT are suffering from chronic conditions that require long term plans. Patients should expect a minimum of 18-20 treatments at an initial rate of 3 times per week for 4-6 weeks, then tapering down slowly.


If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule a spinal decompression consultation please don't hesitate to contact our office at 310-993-8482


Dr. Eric - Your Santa Monica Chiropractor  

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