According to Statistics Canada, back and neck problems are among the most chronic conditions that as many as 80% of the population will suffer from. This can be characterized by a range of symptoms including: pain, muscle tension or stiffness, and numbness, tingling, weakness and/or burning that often travels down the leg (sciatica). Often, medication or surgical intervention is the recommended treatment, however, many people are looking for non-invasive alternatives that pose less of a risk to their health.

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical therapy proven to treat neck and back problems caused by bulging, herniated, or degenerated discs, arthritis, as well as muscle pain. Even patients with “failed back syndrome”, which is a condition characterized by persistent pain following back surgery, can get significant pain relief from spinal decompression therapy.

It’s important not to confuse spinal decompression therapy with traction. When traction is applied, the body’s natural reaction is to pull in the opposite direction. Spinal decompression therapy overcomes this phenomenon by having sensitive computer-feedback mechanisms that allows the spine to gently lengthen and decompress, causing an enlargement of the space between the bones. Water, nutrients and oxygen are then pumped back into the area of complaint allowing for an optimal healing environment for the body.

In a recent study of 219 patients, 86% of the participants showed immediate improvement and resolution of their symptoms with 92% improving overall 1! Why not ask your chiropractor about spinal decompression therapy to see if it’s the right treatment for you.

1. Glonis T, Groteke E. Spinal Decompression. Orth Tech Review 5(6):36-39; Nov-Dec 2003.