Spinal Decompression Specialist

Integrative Health Associates

Integrative Medicine located in Greenville, SC

Sciatica, chronic neck pain, and leg pain may be the result of herniated discs and cause intense discomfort. Integrative Health Associates in Greenville, South Carolina, specializes in the latest integrative and chiropractic medicine techniques to relieve patients of pain as naturally as possible. The practice offers spinal decompression therapy for adults with herniated discs and other spinal conditions. Although not everyone is an ideal candidate for spinal decompression, if you are, it can greatly reduce pain and improve your quality of life. Call the office or schedule a consultation online to learn if you’re a good candidate.

Spinal Decompression Q & A

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression therapy is a chiropractic method of relieving back leg pain by stretching your spine on a motorized traction table. It’s a nonsurgical approach to reducing back, neck, and leg pain by creating a negative pressure between the discs in your vertebrae. This negative pressure has two main benefits:

  • To pull herniated disc material back into the disc
  • To promote healing in the disc by allowing healing nutrients into the affected area

This natural approach to chronic lower back pain or cervical (neck) vertebrae pain can be an effective method of repairing herniated discs, especially if you want to avoid surgery.


What happens during a spinal decompression treatment?

During spinal decompression for your lower back (lumbar spine), you lie on a motorized table with a harness around your hips that are attached to the table. The upper part of the table doesn’t move, but the lower part slides gently back and forth. As the table moves your lower body, it promotes relaxation and provides traction for your lower lumbar spine.

During a treatment session, you feel a comfortable stretching in your lower spine, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. Each session lasts 30-45 minutes and may also include complementary therapies such as ice, heat, or electrical stimulation of specific areas surrounding the herniated disc. The practice may recommend that you drink a significant amount of water each day while you’re undergoing spinal decompression treatments or perform additional stretching exercises at home between your appointments.


How many spinal decompression treatments will I need?

Most people benefit from a series of spinal decompression sessions, but everyone is different. After careful evaluation and diagnosis of your particular condition, your provider typically recommends 15-30 treatment sessions over the course of 4-6 weeks.


Am I a good candidate for spinal decompression therapy?

If you suffer from sciatica or neck pain from a herniated or degenerative disc, spinal decompression therapy may help you get relief. However, if you are pregnant or have broken vertebrae, spinal decompression is not suitable. Additionally, if you are taking blood-thinning medication or have any of the following conditions, you are not a good candidate for this type of therapy:

  • Failed back surgery
  • Spinal fusion surgeries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal infections or tumors
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Your Integrative Health Associates provider performs a comprehensive health exam and talks to you about your medical history before recommending spinal decompression or any other chiropractic treatment method.

Call the practice or schedule a consultation online.