Spinal Decompression Therapy
Now there is hope for lasting relief with
‘Non Surgical Spinal Decompression’
This new*, proven and gentle technique may be able to help
your pain IF your pain is caused by:
Bulging/ Herniated Discs
Degenerative Disc Disease
Facet Joint Syndrome
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Stubborn Muscle Tension
How does Spinal Decompression work ?
Negative pressure is created within the discs by
providing a series of slow pulls, holds and releases.
Over time, this vacuum effect may in many cases help
the bulging disc material to be ‘drawn back into place’.
The fibres in the outer ring of the disc are also helped
to heal by the increased nutrients which circulate in
the area due to the gentle pumping movement
created around the disc and facet joints.
What does the treatment look like?
The picture (top right) is an example of a lumbar spine
decompression therapy session. The pelvis is angled
differently depending on which exact disc level is being
targeted. The computer has seven sensors that
constantly measure the amount (and the exact timing)
of each stage of decompression.
The picture to the right shows decompression therapy
on the neck. Your head is cradled in a holder, and the
exact angle of the table is programmed into the
computer to ensure that the area of your neck that needs
decompression will be treated.
What does it feel like?
Apart from an initial pulling sensation, which you
quickly get used to, it is very relaxing-in fact many
people fall asleep!
During or after treatment some people may initially
have some flare up of their pain. This is normal, and
temporary, and should pass within a few days. We
recommend ice applied to the area that has been
treated, rather than heat, and the use of Metagenics
Inflavinoid Intensive Care to reduce inflammation and
If you have leg pain or pins and needles you may
experience a temporary increase in back pain as the
leg symptoms disappear. This is also normal,
expected, and temporary ...and is a sign that you are
We do regular reassessments of your condition so that
we can adjust your care as needed with the aim of you
getting maximum results as soon as possible.
What does each treatment involve?
Once your spinal level and treatment type has been
prescribed for you, you will receive a specific treatment program
each time you come, with gradual adjustments as we
make progress with your spine.
You stay fully clothed,and relax on the decompression table.
Your exact requirements will be entered into the computer,
you will be comfortably strapped in, the program will
begin and you will be left in peace to relax for 20
minutes while your spine decompresses in exactly the
way you need it to.
Is it necessary to see a Chiropractor first?
Yes, a full neurological examination will need to be
performed, and your X-rays and CT/ MRI scans need to
be studied so our Chiropractors can determine your
exact program and script for your treatment on our
Chiropractic spinal decompression table.
How is Spinal Decompression different to traction?
Traction does not provide the special logarithmic
movement, systematically increasing and decreasing
the decompression the way that the Hill DT table does.
This cycle of movement is a critical part of the success
of this therapy, as it brings the essential oxygen and
nutrients to the area to help it heal.
Does it replace traditional chiropractic care?
Spinal Decompression is best used in conjunction with
your regular Chiropractic treatment to bring about
fuller healing of your spine. However, if you have not
received results from previous Chiropractic
treatments then you may well find this new type of
treatment will likely be able to help, showing you a
whole new way forward with this style of Chiropractic
specific for disc and arthritis issues. In most cases there
is NO manipulation involved, so this technique is suitable
for people who prefer a more gentle approach.
How long does it take and how much does it cost?
Generally it takes 8-12 weeks for a disc to heal with
decompression therapy. Usually 20-30 treatments
over 2-3 months is required to achieve the best result
An initial consultation is needed with one of our
Chiropractors for $65 which includes a complimentary full
treatment (one only) on the Decompression table, then the
cost is the same as any Chiropractic treatment, $62 per visit.
Ideally 3 treatments per week will help the most, later dropping
to twice per week, then once per week as you improve.
What success rate does this treatment have?
Generally we are achieving approximately 90% success
with our decompression patients, however results can never
be promised and you may still require surgery. We will monitor
your progress and refer you to your doctor should you/ we not be
happy with your progress. The research to support the use of Spinal
Decompression Therapy can be found here.
Will I feel immediately better?
Some people do feel a change after just one or two
sessions, others after about 5 -8 sessions, and others
not until their 20th or 25th session. It all depends on
how much inflammation you have, how long you have
had the problem, how severe the problem is, and how
well you follow our guidelines regarding nutrition,
supplements and activities. Every case is different and
we can give no guarantees regarding how long you
may take to get better, nor if you will get better at all.
Are there any reasons it may not be suitable for me?
There are a few circumstances which may prevent you from
being a candidate for decompression therapy.
Some of these reasons include if you weigh over 155kg,
are pregnant (for lower back treatments)
have severe vascular disease or severe osteoporosis.
Your case will be assessed and if we need to seek approval
from your medical specialist then we will not start care until
you have been given clearance by them.
How do I know if my case is suitable for decompression therapy?
You will need a Decompression Assessment with one of our caring
Chiropractors where you will need to bring with you any X-rays,
scans or MRI's. You will need to allow 30 mins for this visit ($65) plus 15 mins to
fill out paperwork beforehand.
Our Chiropractors Kellie, John, Anna, or Kyle will assess your case,
do some neurological tests on you, and
then will either refer you out for more tests if required,
or precribe a specific decompression treatment for you.
We can arrange for your first decompression treatment to be for free,
so that we can assess how you respond,
and so that you can assess whether you are comfortable during treatment.
If we do not think that your case is suitable for decompression therapy we
will refer you back to your doctor or another health professional
for a different approach to pain relief for you.
To make an appointment please call 3808 6633 and ask for a
Spinal Decompression Assessment with one of our Chiropractors.
*The Hill DT Table is new to Australia, and is only available
at Chiropractic One in Liverpool in Sydney, the National
Institute of Integrative Medicine in Hawthorn Melbourne, The Canberra Spine Centre,
Synergy Chiropractic in Canberra, Mackay Chiropractic Centre, Bribie Cold Laser Therapy on Bribie Island,
Lifestyle Family Wellness Centres in Kenmore and at Springwood Wellness Centre in Brisbane