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Decompression Therapy at
Adjusted For Life Chiropractic Health Centre

Patient on Spinal Decompression tableIn addition to chiropractic care, Adjusted For Life Chiropractic Health Centre also offers Axial Disc Decompression. As we have seen many of our patients benefit from this treatment, we are passionate about this therapy and what it may have to offer you.

What is Decompression Therapy?

Decompression therapy uses a specific table that is designed to apply long axis distraction to either the cervical or lumbar spine. A special control that allows for the programming of different variables, including amount, duration, and speed of pull, customizes the care process to fulfill the specific needs of each patient.

While we occasionally use this care option for patients experiencing general neck or back pain, we most commonly use it to care for those with leg and arm pain due to a disc injury that is irritating a nerve in the neck or back.

Natural Healing

Centralization of pain, often seen in end-range motions, has been shown to be an excellent clinical indication that the outer annulus of the disc is still intact, and thus, more amenable to natural healing. Patients often report centralization of pain during or soon after an appointment, signifying a good prognosis and reduction of potential for surgical intervention.

There is literature to suggest that extruded nuclear material may be “drawn in” by the reduction of intra-discal pressure or tightening of the posterior longitudinal ligament. This concept, however, is not uniformly accepted on behalf of the limited number of studies able to differentiate the natural history of disc herniation versus the direct effect of decompression therapy.

Many experts believe it is less about structural improvement and more about an inflammatory response to injury.

Use It Alone or In Conjunction

Although decompression therapy can be used by itself, it is typically one element of a more complex plan of management. Patients find it relaxing to utilize our special table that is designed to gently open the disc space. A series of passive decompression treatments will centralize the pain and significantly reduce disc pressure. This way, patients are able to benefit from more traditional chiropractic care and therapeutic exercises.

While most appointments last between 20 and 30 minutes in duration, session length varies depending on the individual receiving care.

Learn how we can help you today by contacting us to book your first visit!

Decompression Therapy Calgary NW, North West Calgary, Capitol Hill, AB | (403) 284-4743