Spinal decompression is a revolutionary treatment for neck and back pain and is widely used by chiropractors around the world. The effectiveness of spinal decompression has been demonstrated in a number of clinical trials, and it has been approved by the FDA.
We’re proud to offer this treatment to our clients and have written extensively about it here on our blog. If you’d like to know more about what spinal decompression is and how it works, then head over to our blog post “Spinal Decompression Therapy…Does It Work?”
In this post, we’ll answer some of the most common questions our clients ask us. We hope that it will clear up some of the confusion surrounding the treatment. But if there is anything we haven’t covered in this post, then please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help you out.
Practical questions about the treatment
First, we’ll look at some of the practical questions you may have about spinal decompression, such as how long it’ll take, how many sessions you need and how much it’ll cost.
1. How many spinal decompression sessions do I need?
All patients are unique, so it’s difficult to give a precise answer to this question. However, 12-20 sessions done over the span of 4-6 weeks are usually enough to alleviate most conditions.
2. How long does spinal decompression last?
Each session will typically last between 30 and 45 minutes depending on the condition being treated.
3. How much does spinal decompression cost?
If you consult a doctor, then it can often cost as much as $4,000 for treatment. However, with the non-surgical treatment we offer, it’ll not only be cheaper but you’ll also recover faster.
4. Can you perform spinal decompression therapy at home?
No. It’s not recommended to try spinal decompression at home, as you could cause damage to your spine. However, once you’ve had your first sessions with us, we’ll recommend some exercises you can do at home to speed up the recovery period.
5. When do you need spinal decompression surgery?
There are certain conditions where non-surgical treatment may not be enough. In these cases, we’ll refer you to a neurosurgeon or an orthopedic surgeon who can provide you with surgical treatment instead.
6. What is the spinal decompression surgery recovery time?
Should you require surgery, you’ll be delighted to know that you can leave the hospital as soon as 1-10 days after your treatment.
Questions about specific conditions
Although spinal decompression works well for most neck and back pain, we’re often asked about specific conditions. We’ll cover the most common conditions below.
1. Can spinal decompression help spinal stenosis?
Spinal stenosis happens when the spinal canal narrows, which usually occurs in adults after the 50-year mark. Depending on how far the condition has progressed, surgical intervention may be needed.
2. Can spinal decompression help herniated disc?
A herniated disc, also known as slipped or bulged disc, is when the nucleus of a spinal disc slips out. Spinal decompression can not only alleviate the pain caused by herniated discs but also help prevent the need for surgery.
3. Can spinal decompression help scoliosis?
Scoliosis is a condition where the spine has an abnormal curvature. The typical spine should have an S-shape, and our treatment can help correct any spines that don’t curve properly.
4. Can spinal decompression help spondylolisthesis?
Spondylolisthesis is slightly similar to a herniated disc. It occurs when a vertebra has slipped or fractured. Spinal decompression can aid in both the recovery and prevent surgery.
5. Will spinal decompression help sciatica?
Sciatica is a pain, weakness or numbness that stretches from the lower back and down the legs. Non-surgical treatment is usually enough to help realign your back and alleviate the symptoms.
6. Does spinal decompression make you taller?
Yes, but not by much and not for long. Our treatment can make you approximately 1% taller, but this will only last until your spine compresses again. You can restore the 1% by stretching while hanging or lying down.
Questions about potential risks
Although we are certified professionals, we understand that not everyone feels completely safe about spinal decompression. We hope to clear up some common misconceptions below.
1. Is spinal decompression safe?
Our non-surgical treatment is completely safe and there is no risk of causing any temporary or permanent harm or injury.
2. Is spinal decompression covered by insurance?
We can’t speak for every health insurance company, but as a rule of thumb, only surgical treatment is covered by health insurance.
3. Is spinal decompression painful?
Not at all. The treatment is designed to alleviate pain — not cause it. In fact, we’ve experienced that some of our clients feel so relaxed during the treatment that they’ve fallen asleep.
5. What are the spinal decompression therapy risks?
There are no real risks associated with the treatment. Some patients may experience slight muscle spasms if they’ve never had their back stretched before, but this is usually a minor issue.
6. What are the non-surgical spinal decompression therapy side effects?
None. The only side effect you can expect is to feel more relaxed and comfortable due to the absence of neck and back pain.
Want to know more?
We’re always at hand to help answer any additional questions you may have about spinal compression and how it can help you alleviate neck and back pain.