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Total Body Chiropractic & Acupuncture In Bend proudly offers spinal decompression therapy as a non-surgical, non-invasive alternative to spinal surgery. This treatment option provides relief for pinched nerves, sciatica, and other disc-related disorders, such as herniated or bulging discs and degenerative disc disease. Whether you experience mild to moderate discomfort or chronic, debilitating pain, spinal decompression treatment in Bend may be your solution for long-term relief.

We use the Chattanooga Triton 6M Traction Table for highly individualized results that suit every patient’s needs. This spinal decompression table maximizes your comfort while lying in all positions.

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a motorized traction therapy that changes the force and position of the spine. Through cycles of gentle stretching and relaxation, spinal decompression removes pressure off the nerves and within the spinal disc space for natural pain management. Patients typically seek this treatment to relieve arm, leg, neck pain from herniated and slipped discs, and lower back pain resulting from spinal issues. It is an effective alternative to surgery for herniated discs and in 4 to 6 weeks, many patients experience substantial pain relief.

Spinal decompression therapy in Bend is beneficial for injured or diseased spinal nerve roots and worn spinal joints. It also presents an excellent treatment option for those with:

  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Degenerative discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica and leg pain
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Radiating nerve pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms and legs
  • Post surgical pain

There are minimal side effects to treatment, including a dull soreness for the first couple of weeks as the spine becomes used to stretching and decompression. Overall, this therapy is considered safe and comfortable, considering the patients experience above all else.

How does spinal decompression work?

The spinal decompression table is the primary tool for this form of chiropractic care. Your chiropractor will strap you to the table with a harness around your lower back to help attain optimal decompression. The 6-section treatment table allows your spinal decompression chiropractor to reposition the headpiece, legs, and pelvis area to aid in the flexion of the lumbar spine and correct any asymmetry.

While the treatment is computer-controlled by your spinal decompression chiropractor, it mimics the feel and effectiveness of hands-on therapy. This motorized method prevents muscle guarding (a state of partial contraction) and gradually moves between stages to deliver the best possible outcome.

During the stretching periods, the table creates negative pressure and space within the discs of the spinal cord, so that any material protruding outside the normal confines of the spine is pulled back into place. This vacuum effect can decrease the size of bulging and herniated discs, allowing you to feel more comfortable with a removal of pressure on pinched and irritated nerves. Through a slow lengthening of the spine, your spinal discs will gently be decompressed. Spinal decompression therapy also improves blood and nutrient flow to the affected area for faster healing and slower degeneration. Depending on a variety of factors, we will establish a unique treatment plan considering your individual needs, ensuring long term results.

What are the benefits of spinal decompression in Bend?

Spinal decompression therapy is a drug-free, long-term solution for common back problems. As you get older, the discs that cushion your vertebrae begin to lose fluid. This effect causes the spine to compress naturally. Spinal decompression therapy works to reverse that effect and promote healing. Additionally, decompression gradually relaxes the back and pulls on the spine over a longer period of time, preventing muscle guarding and muscle spasms. It is the perfect therapy for treating chronic back pain.

This therapy can also offer several benefits for our patients:

  • Decreases risk of disc degeneration
  • Reduces pressure on nerves and discs
  • Relieves nerve root compression
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Improves blood flow
  • Soothes lower back and neck pain
  • Eases radiating pain
  • Increases range of motion
  • Can provide relief for patients with failed back surgeries

How long does treatment last?

You can expect each session to last for 30 minutes, as the table will go between several stretching cycles until it reaches a peak. Plan extra time for your first visit, as the spinal decompression chiropractor in Bend will evaluate your medical history and any relevant imaging (X-rays, MRIs, etc.) for proper treatment. Our holistic treatment approach allows us to target all existing problems, so be sure to come prepared with a list of current symptoms and complaints.

After your initial visit, our skilled staff will give you an individualized treatment plan, including stretches and other lifestyle changes you can make at home. You will likely need to come in several times per week for your first month of treatment. Treatments begin with 5-15 sessions on average, with some people requiring more. It is 72% to 90% effective and patients usually have some relief within the first few treatments. The full treatment cycle generally lasts for 8 weeks on average.

Based on your sessions, we will recommend a combination of spinal decompression, traditional chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture, if necessary. By using these therapies in tandem, you can experience better, long-lasting results.

Spinal decompression therapy may not be suitable for pregnant women or those with fractures, tumors, advanced osteoporosis, or metal spine implants. Fortunately, we offer a range of services to treat various musculoskeletal conditions and restore comfort in people at all stages of life.

Make an Appointment Today

Contact our office today to make an appointment and learn more about how spinal decompression therapy can help you.