Spinal Decompression

Blackwell Chiropractic

Graham Robson, DC

Chiropractor located in Park Cities, Dallas, TX

Back pain is a cause of discomfort for millions of people each year, and one common cause is damaged or herniated discs. Spinal decompression aims to relieve pain and encourage healing in disc tissues. Graham Robson, DC, offers this effective treatment at Blackwell Chiropractic serving the Park Cities and University Park neighborhoods of Dallas. If you have back pain and want to see if spinal decompression can help you, just come on into the practice. You can also book an appointment online or over the phone.

Spinal Decompression Q & A

Why might I need spinal decompression?

The discs that sit between each vertebra in your back can move out of position, suffer damage, start bulging, or become herniated, where the outer layer rupture and the inner tissues protrude. Disc problems are often painful and can affect your mobility, but spinal decompression can help your discs heal by stretching the vertebrae sufficiently to allow room for the damaged discs to realign.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a disc problem, or you suspect you have one, visit Dr. Graham for an examination. He’ll create a treatment plan for you based on his exam and by talking to you about your symptoms. Spinal decompression is most often recommended in cases where discs are involved, but it can also be effective for other causes of back pain, such as sciatica. Spinal decompression is not recommended for men and women if they have:

  • Broken or fractured vertebrae
  • A fused spine
  • Artificial discs or implants
  • Chronic pain following surgeries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative spinal disease

It’s also not advisable for pregnant women to undergo spinal decompression. If Dr. Graham doesn’t recommend spinal decompression, he will discuss alternatives.

What happens during a spinal decompression treatment?

When you attend Blackwell Chiropractic for spinal decompression therapy, you will lay on a motorized table. The table has two halves and will stay horizontal at all times. One half will be stationary, while the other half will move back and forth. The half that holds the upper part of your body will be on the stationary portion. The half that holds the bottom half of your body will be on the moving portion. You won’t need to get undressed. You’ll just lay down and relax.

Dr. Graham will put a harness around your hips. The harness will keep the bottom half of your body attached to the table. As the table moves back and forth, the motion will gently pull on your vertebrae, stretching and relaxing your spine and helping any protruding discs or disc tissues to move back into place. The process shouldn’t be painful. You’ll just be aware of a stretching feeling in your back.

What happens after spinal decompression therapy?

Each spinal decompression session lasts 30-45 minutes. The average person attends 15-30 sessions over 4-6 weeks. After each session, Dr. Graham will advise you on the types of exercises you should perform to promote healing. He’ll also discuss any activities you should avoid. Following his guidance will help your discs heal and remain in place, so self-care is an essential part of your treatment schedule.

To see if spinal decompression can help you, just come on into Blackwell Chiropractic. You can also book an appointment online or over the phone.