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Spinal Decompression

Have you been suffering from neck and back pain? Experiencing radiating pain or numbness in your arm and legs? Were you diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, sciatica or spinal stenosis?

Spinal Decompression Therapy might be your answer to the above conditions.

A painless, non-surgical therapy aimed at relieving back pain and other problems associated with spinal disc injuries. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. That changes the force and position of the spine. This will take pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine.

Lasting pain or other related symptoms can be quite disruptive in one’s life. That’s why many have turned to Spinal Decompression to help overcome chronic and acute spine related pain. Spinal Decompression is a type of motorised traction that involves gently stretching the spine and providing an optimal healing environment for herniated, bulging, or degenerating discs. This nonsurgical treatment is far less dangerous and a more effective solution with a better success rate than drugs and surgery.

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How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal decompression treatment uses the same basic principle of spinal traction that for many years has been offered by chiropractors and other appropriately trained health professionals. Providing traction to the spine stretches and relaxes it intermittently in a controlled manner, helping relieve pressure and pain on the compressed structures in the spine. The process is said to create a negative intradiscal pressure, which has two potential benefits:

  • It promotes the retraction/re-positioning of the bulging or herniated disc material
  • Lowers the pressure in the disc, which encourages the passage of healing nutrients into the disc

The treatment also allows for the strengthening of the outer ligament bands that are meant to hold the disc material in place.


During Spinal Decompression, patients lie on a computer-controlled table facing up or down. A health professional operates the computer, customising treatment to a patient’s specific needs. The treatment last 30-45 minutes and the patient shouldn’t feel any pain during or after therapy, except for some stretch in the spine. Patients often experience significant improvement within 20 to 28 treatments over the course of five to seven weeks.

Potential Candidates

Spinal Decompression is designed to alleviate pain and promote healing of intervertebral disc. It’s recommended as an alternative treatment for patients experiencing lower back pain, neck pain, and leg pain due to herniated, bulging, or degenerated disc. People with the following conditions should, however, not have spinal decompression therapy:

  • Failed back surgery
  • An artificial disc, or other implants, in their spine
  • Broken vertebrae
  • Spinal tumour
  • Multiple surgeries without recovery
  • Pregnant
  • Any condition that requires a patient to take blood thinner medications
  • Patients experiencing pain during or after the procedure

Talk to a doctor first to see whether or not you are a good candidate for Spinal Decompression.

This text is meant for information only and should not replace the advice of a qualified health professional. If you are suffering acute or chronic pain, feel free to reach out to Chiropractic First for an assessment and see if spinal decompression is the right treatment for you. Our clinics in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, UK offer a range of chiropractic care treatments, including neck or back pain, headaches, Scoliosis, and Slipped disc treatments and wellness. For more information, contact us today!