Chiropractic Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy in Victoria BC

Dr. Stephanie Louie is pleased to announce the addition of decompression machines (also referred to as traction tables) to her Saanich chiropractic practice and now offers Spinal Decompression Therapy.

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

It’s a non-surgical therapy proven to treat neck and back problems caused by bulging, herniated, or degenerated discs, arthritis, muscle pain and more. Spinal decompression therapy uses state-of-the-art technology to apply a distractive force to all of the spinal tissues, including the muscles, ligaments and spinal joints. The therapy creates increased space between the discs in your spine, which can allow for pressure to be taken off your nerves. When pressure is taken off your nerves, your body can experience a significant relief in symptoms.

Many patients look forward to this treatment, as this is the part of their day when they can get a substantial amount of pain relief. 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.

What Results Can You Expect?

Spinal decompression therapy is designed to speed the healing of disc problems and nerve root irritation, reduce muscle spasms, improve joint mobility, and reduce pain and other symptoms. It can also help many different conditions in the lower back (which many people often refer to as the hips) as well as in the neck. It has been shown to be very effective in treating tight muscles, hip pain, nerve pain, sciatica, compressed discs, herniated discs, bulging discs, neck pain, arm pain, headaches and more

Dr. Louie finds that her patients often receive the best results when she performs spinal-specific mobilization therapy first, followed by spinal decompression, and then a whole-body vibration treatment. Afterward, patients are sent home with neuro-biomechanical rehabilitation exercises to do at home.

“The point is for people to become autonomous, so I provide them with the tools and techniques to help with their recovery,” Dr. Louie says. “If they don’t do their homework, then I can still help them, but they will heal faster and more completely if they do the rehabilitation exercises.”

Some of the results Dr. Louie has seen in her patients after they have done spinal decompression therapy are: height increases, headaches disappearing, leg and arm pain decreasing, relief of lower back pain, and organ systems working better.


Not the Same as Traction

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.


MBS Spinal Decompression Therapy Machines

How Decompression Machines Work

Decompression machines (sometimes referred to as traction tables) are specially-designed tables with motorized devices that can apply a specific amount of pressure to certain parts of the body to stretch them out. This stretches the spine to relieve various symptoms including acute and chronic back and neck pain, arm pain, leg pain, headaches, etc. These machines are much more sophisticated than inversion tables in that the therapy is tailored to the patient’s needs. Gentle, mechanical decompression of the discs is applied so they return to where they should be aligned. The spinal decompression tables are programmed by your chiropractor to deliver the best possible treatment for your condition.


In a recent study of 219 patients, titled “Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy: does the scientific literature support efficacy claims made in the advertising media?”, 86% of the participants showed immediate improvement and resolution of their symptoms with 92% improving overall 1!


Why not contact us today about spinal decompression therapy to see if it’s the right treatment for you?