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What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Over a decade ago, NASA noticed that astronauts were relieved of low back pain when they were in anti-gravity environments. They found that spinal disc heights were increased during space missions. With these scientific findings, a new technology was developed called Spinal Decompression Therapy. 

Decompression machines are specialized, motorized traction devices that allow Dr. McAfee to position your spine and target an area for decompression therapy. They work by gently stretching the spine.

This "stretch" creates negative pressure within your spinal disc and allows disc material that was herniated or protruded to be pulled back into the disc. It also helps promote the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs so they can heal.

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy Done?

You are fully clothed during spinal decompression therapy. Dr. McAfee fits you with two harnesses and you lie down on the computer-controlled table. The computer settings are then customized to your specific condition. 

Does it Work?

In a recent study of Spinal Decompression Therapy 219 patients who had at least 4 weeks of symptoms from either degenerative disc disease or herniated disc were treated. The results were amazing! 86% reported immediate symptom relief and 84% were still pain free 90 days after their treatment was completed. 

Is It Painful?

No. In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless and most people even notice a reduction of pain during their sessions. In fact, some patients even fall asleep. 

Who Should Consider This Type of Therapy?

You should consider this type of therapy if you have:

  • Suffered back or neck pain for over one week
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Worn spinal joints (posterior facet syndrome)
  • Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots (radiculopathy)

How is Spinal Decompression Different Than Traction?

Regular traction stretches your spine and muscles simultaneously. If you only stretch the spine, your body naturally "braces" for the next stretch reducing the ability for the treatment to be effective. This "overall stretching" commonly used in traction can also trigger painful muscle spasms.

Decompression therapy is different than conventional spinal traction, it alternates between stretching and relaxation. The relaxation stages, trick your body into staying relaxed and therefore maximize the load and the effectiveness of the treatment.