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What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?



Many people experience pain daily at some point in their lives. The causes of pain can vary from person to person and can be due to environmental factors or normal wear and tear on the body. When the spine is under unwanted pressure, spinal discs can become compressed and musculoskeletal disorders can cause vertebrae to wear down, leading to chronic pain and disability. Fortunately, many treatments are available to alleviate pain and help the body restore itself naturally. This article focuses on a non-surgical treatment called spinal decompression, which can reduce the effects of musculoskeletal pain and help with the back and spine’s cervical, thoracic, and lumbar areas. We utilize and incorporate valuable information about our patients to certified medical providers using non-surgical therapies like spinal decompression to alleviate pain-like symptoms associated with environmental factors. We encourage referring patients to associated medical providers based on their findings while supporting that education is a remarkable tool to ask our providers essential questions at the patient’s request. Dr. Jimenez, D.C., comprises this information as an educational service. Disclaimer


What Is Spinal Decompression?


Do you feel stiffness in your upper or lower body? Are you experiencing any discomfort in your back, neck, or shoulders? Or are you feeling pain during simple movements? If these issues persist, consider spinal decompression therapy to alleviate your pain. Research studies reveal that many people experience pain at least a few times due to compression of the intervertebral discs caused by everyday wear-and-tear injuries and poor posture. This happens when the vertebral bones compress the spinal cord and discs, creating a risk of further complications. Luckily, spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment option that is safe, gentle, and proven successful. It gently stretches the spine, relieving pressure on the spinal disc. Some of the physical benefits of spinal decompression therapy include:

  • Pain level decrease
  • Spine mobility improves
  • Postural integrity enhances
  • Develops core strength
  • Joint flexibility increases
  • Decrease stress levels
  • The immune system is boosted
  • Prevents new injuries from occurring


Chiropractic Care for Disc Herniation-Video

Do you feel pain or stiffness in certain body areas, especially when stretching or bending? These symptoms are often caused by spinal disc compression. Fortunately, many non-surgical treatments are available to help reduce the effects of spinal disc compression and promote natural healing. One such treatment is spinal decompression, as studies reveal that it uses negative pressure to stretch the muscles around the spine and reduce stress. Spinal decompression can be combined with other non-surgical treatments like chiropractic care to relieve pressure from the spine and reduce pain. Chiropractic care involves realigning the spine and reducing referred neck, shoulder, or back pain. Both therapies are non-invasive and can be combined with physical and nutritional treatment for optimal results. The video above explains how non-surgical treatments can help with disc herniation and associated symptoms.

Spinal Decompression For Musculoskeletal Pain


If you experience axial load on your spine from various factors, it could lead to musculoskeletal pain. Research shows that musculoskeletal pain is somatic by nature and can be associated with other pain syndromes related to the spine. Spinal decompression therapy can help alleviate this referred pain by using gentle traction to stretch the spine. Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, and Dr. Perry Bard, D.C.’s book, “The Ultimate Spinal Decompression,” stated that this therapy creates space between the vertebrae, allowing herniated or bulging discs to return to their positions in the spine. This reduces pressure on nerves and soft tissues and increases the circulation of oxygenated blood, fluids, and nutrients to the spinal disc. This helps stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanism and reduce musculoskeletal pain in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions. Therefore, spinal decompression therapy can alleviate pain symptoms associated with those areas.



If you’re experiencing musculoskeletal pain in your neck, upper back, or lower back, it could be due to unwanted pressure on your spine. A variety of environmental factors can cause this pressure. Spinal decompression is a non-surgical treatment that can help alleviate this pressure using gentle traction on the spine. Spinal decompression can create negative pressure, increasing disc height and stretching the surrounding muscles. This can help reduce pain and prevent new injuries from occurring. Combining spinal decompression with other therapies can help individuals become more mindful of their bodies and avoid adding unwanted pressure to their spine.



Choi, E., Gil, H. Y., Ju, J., Han, W. K., Nahm, F. S., & Lee, P.-B. (2022). Effect of Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression on Intensity of Pain and Herniated Disc Volume in Subacute Lumbar Herniated Disc. International Journal of Clinical Practice, 2022, 1–9. doi.org/10.1155/2022/6343837

Choi, J., Lee, S., & Hwangbo, G. (2015). Influences of spinal decompression therapy and general traction therapy on the pain, disability, and straight leg raising of patients with intervertebral disc herniation. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, 27(2), 481–483. doi.org/10.1589/jpts.27.481

El-Tallawy, S. N., Nalamasu, R., Salem, G. I., LeQuang, J. A. K., Pergolizzi, J. V., & Christo, P. J. (2021). Management of Musculoskeletal Pain: An Update with Emphasis on Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain. Pain and Therapy, 10(1). doi.org/10.1007/s40122-021-00235-2

Kaplan, E., & Bard, P. (2023). The Ultimate Spinal Decompression. JETLAUNCH.


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