Spinal Decompression

Enhanced Medical Centers -  - Chiropractic

Enhanced Medical Centers

Chiropractic & Primary Care Practice located in Tempe, AZ

Spinal decompression therapy is nonsurgical spinal traction that relieves pain brought on by bulging or herniated spinal discs. The experienced chiropractic team at Enhanced Medical Centers in Tempe, Arizona, led by Quentin Smith, DC, and Candace Gaitanis, APRN, CFNP, CFMP, offers this advanced treatment for a variety of painful conditions. Spinal decompression also helps promote healing within injured or degenerating discs in your vertebrae. Call the office to schedule a consultation or book online to get relief from chronic back and neck pain.

Spinal Decompression Q & A

What is nonsurgical spinal decompression?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is controlled, motorized traction that gently stretches your spine. Over time, spinal decompression changes the force and position of your vertebrae, which takes the pressure off your discs — the gellike cushions that act as shock absorbers for your spine. 

With a series of spinal decompression sessions, this negative pressure can help bulging and herniated discs retract to their proper positions.

As a result, water, oxygen, and other fluids can move more freely within your discs so they can begin to heal. As your discs repair themselves, you get relief from back and neck pain.

What conditions can spinal decompression help?

Spinal decompression is often effective at relieving lower back pain, neck pain, and their underlying conditions, including:

  • Sciatica
  • Worn spinal joints
  • Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots
  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Pinched nerves
  • Myofascial disorders

If you have back pain, the skilled team at Enhanced Medical Centers diagnoses the underlying causes and recommends spinal decompression therapy as part of a comprehensive, noninvasive treatment plan.

What can I expect during a spinal decompression appointment?

Spinal decompression therapy involves the gentle stretching of your spine while you lie comfortably on the decompression table. It’s not painful, but you should feel the traction gently stretching your lower spine. A harness around your hips and upper back keeps you securely in place while the programmed table moves to stretch your spine.

Treatments usually take 30-45 minutes. Typically, you visit the office for a series of 20-28 spinal decompression treatments over the course of 5-7 weeks. Many people experience pain relief in as few as six sessions.

Am I a good candidate for spinal decompression treatments?

You could be a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy if you suffer from chronic lower back pain, leg pain, or neck pain. 

The chiropractic team determines how you can benefit from spinal decompression and makes sure you don’t have any broken vertebrae, osteoporosis, or you haven’t had failed back surgery.

Also, pregnant women shouldn’t undergo spinal decompression treatments.

If you’d like to learn more about this gentle form of traction that can provide long-term pain relief from a variety of painful spinal conditions, call the office or make an appointment through the convenient online booking system.