Decompression Therapy

What is it?

Decompression therapy is administered using a decompression table specially designed to decompress the neck or the low back. The mid spine is also subject to light decompression through decompressing the neck or lower back. The decompression session is safe, effective and comfortable. Patients can lay on their stomach or back to decompress the lumbar spine depending on clinical findings and comfort. A thoracic belt is design to secure the upper body to the table and a lumbar belt is positioned at the level of the low back and pelvis. A computerized rope and pulley system is attached to the lumbar belt, providing axial decompression. A Saunders device is attached to the pulley system for cervical decompression.

How does decompression work? 

Decompression therapy creates a negative intradiscal pressure created by a focused, long axis applied tension. Spinal discs have no direct blood flow, therefore they are most likely to lose integrity, degenerate, tear, bulge and become herniated. Once a disc is in a compromised state, it is not going to heal back to its original state unless its stress loads are restored to normal, fuel and oxygen delivery is enhanced, and waste elimination takes place. For constant fluid exchange to occur between the disc and the neighboring vasculature of the bones above and below it, movement is required. Our decompression technology creates a dynamic pumping effect by alternating higher and lower forces of pull.

How effective is decompression therapy?

Any trained technician can put a patient on a decompression table and turn it on, but only an experienced trained physician can design an accurate individualized protocol based on exam findings, imaging studies, and other diagnostic findings. Dr. Cedrick Noel has been practicing with various types of decompression tables since 2002 and he became a Certified Decompression Therapy Practitioner in 2008. 

Is your pain coming from a disc? 

A disc syndrome cannot be diagnosed by symptoms only. Dysfunction in the muscles, ligaments, discs, facet joints and vertebrae, can all create similar symptoms. Many patients come to us for decompression therapy and end up getting better from a different treatment then they expected. 

Pre and post care! 

Some cases are so acute that we may recommend laser therapy immediately before or after decompression. Class 4 laser accelerates the speed of healing, lowers inflammation and reduces pain. Read the Class 4 Laser section for more information. As the pain reduces, you may be instructed at the beginning of your visit to perform spinal warm up exercises on a wobble chair in order to warm up your spine and surrounding structures.

Since decompression relaxes and loosens the stabilizing musculature of the spine, we recommend that you strengthen and stabilize your core following your decompression session. We may recommend using a biofeedback stabilizer, ATM2 machine, link trainer, individualized spinal rehabilitation and vibration therapy. In most cases, chiropractic care is recommended to enhance healing, improve breathing mechanisms, and so much more. Home care will also be recommended in order to create a long term correction.

How much does it cost? 

The cost of decompression therapy is usually very expensive, but worth much more than the dollar amount. But be at ease, it is our goal to provide the highest level of care for the best price. I guarantee that you will not find better care for a better price. Our fees are ridiculously low for what you get.

Who is a candidate for decompression therapy?

To determine if you are a candidate for decompression therapy, a thorough exam should be completed and you should bring any imaging studies previously done, such as; x-rays and MRI. We have been successful addressing the following conditions with decompression therapy: degenerative disc disease, disc bulge, disc herniations, facet syndrome, foraminal encroachment, canal stenosis. If you have a condition that is not listed and you want to know if decompression therapy can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will take the time to answer your questions.

How often would I need decompression therapy?

This is the most difficult question to answer without evaluating a patient first. But on average, most patients need 10 to 30 sessions and some may need more. 

What does it feel like?

The treatment is very comfortable to most patients. Patients often tell us that they felt so good during the therapy that they didn’t want it to end.

How long do sessions last?

Most sessions are 20 minutes. In some occasions it may be longer or shorter.

Dr. Cedrick Noel has invented a high quality Back Decompression Belt designed to be part of a Horizontal Home Decompression System.  For more information please Click Here.