If I undertake Spinal Decompression treatment, how much time does this take to see results?

Most patients see a reduction in pain after the first couple of sessions. Normally, substantial improvement is obtained by the second week of therapy.

How long does it take to complete Spinal Decompression therapy?

Patients are on the system for 30-45 minutes, every day for the first 2 weeks, three times a week for the following two weeks, and followed up by 2 times a week for the last two weeks.

Do I qualify for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Since I started using Spinal Decompression spinal disc decompression machine, I’ have been flooded with questions from both medical professionals and patients concerning which situations it will best help. Obviously proper patient selection is vital to favorable results, so let me explain to you of the Inclusion and Exclusion criteria so you may make the best decision since not everybody is a candidate for Spinal Decompression treatment.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pain due to herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is more than 4 weeks old
  • Recurrent pain from a failed back surgery that is in excess of 6 months old.
  • Constant pain from degenerated disk not responding to 4 weeks of treatment.
  • Patients available for 4 weeks of treatment.
  • Patient at least 18 years of age.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Appliances including pedicle screws and rods
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior lumbar fusion less than six months old
  • Metastatic cancer
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression fracture of lumbar spine below L-1
  • Pars defect.
  • Pathologic aortic aneurysm.
  • Pelvic or abdominal cancer.
  • Disk space infections.
  • Severe peripheral neuropathy.
  • Hemiplegia, paraplegia, or cognitive dysfunction.

Is there any negative side effects to the therapy?

The majority patients do not experience any side effects. However, there have been some mild cases of muscle spasm for a very short time period.

Exactly How does Spinal Decompression separate each vertebra and allow decompression at a certain level?

Decompression is achieved by utilizing a specific mix of spinal positioning and varying the degree and intensity of force. The key to producing this decompression is the soft pull that is generated by a logarithmic curve. When distractive forces are generated on a logarithmic curve the typical proprioceptor response is avoided. Eliminating this response allows decompression to occur at the targeted spot.

Are there any risk to the patient during treatment on Spinal Decompression?

NO. Spinal Decompression is totally safe and comfortable for all patients. The system has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator. These switches (a requirement of the FDA) end the therapy right away thereby preventing any injuries.

How does Spinal Decompression treatment differentiate from spinal traction?

Traction is useful at treating some of the conditions arising from herniated or degeneration. Traction can not address the source of the problem. Spinal Decompression creates a negative pressure inside the disk. This effect causes the disk to pull in the herniation and the rise in negative pressure also causes the circulation of blood and nutrients back into the disc allowing the body’s natural fibroblastic response to heal the injury and re-hydrate the disc. Traction and inversion tables, at best, can lower the intradiscal pressure from a +90 to a +30 mmHg. Spinal Decompression is clinically shown to decrease the intradiscal pressure to between a -150 to -200 mmHg. Traction activates the body’s normal response to stretching by creating painful muscle spasms that aggravate the pain in affected area.

Can Spinal Decompression be used for individuals that have had spinal surgery?

Spinal Decompression treatment is not contra-indicated for patients that have had spinal surgery. Lots of patients have found success with Spinal Decompression after a failed back surgery.

Who is not a candidate for Spinal Decompression therapy?

Anyone who has recent spinal fractures, surgical fusion or metallic hardware, surgically repaired aneurysms, infection of the spine, and/or moderate to extreme osteoporosis.

Who is a candidate for Spinal Decompression?

Anyone who has been advised they need surgery but wants to avoid it, anyone who has been advised there is nothing more available to help, anyone who failed to noticeably respond to conservative options (medications, physical therapy, injections, chiropractic, acupuncture), or anyone who still has pain but wishes to obtain the sort of care they want.


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Joshua Wagner
It's always a great experience whenever I visit ProHealth and Wellness. Tracy, Tiffany, and John are always pleasant to work with. Dr. Clare and his team have helped me open up a compressed disc in my back that was pinching a nerve and causing leg pain, and he continues to relieve pain everytime I come in for an adjustment. Wouldn't recommend anyone else.
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Dana Pearson
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Angel McCoig
I have been to many Chiropractors and Health Spas with minimal relief. Once I started coming to ProHealth & Wellness I found them to have more of a one on one approach. You are not simply a number and they do not use a "cookie cutter" approach where everyone gets the same process every visit. They tweak each visit to help with what my aging body is doing. Give them a try and see what I mean!!
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Christine Baldizzi
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Bryan Smerdon
Dr. Clare and his staff are outstanding, friendly. I've been going to him for over 7 years and he and the staff have always been professional. Every time I've was having pain the treatments Dr. Clair and his team have done have help me heal and get back to feeling normal.
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David Vawter
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Michele Nieberding
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