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Spinal decompression can be an effective method to treat a number of painful conditions, including herniated or bulging discs, fact syndrome, sciatica and more. Many patients with chronic pain from their lower back and neck have found relief through a series of spinal decompression appointments. This process is non-invasive and isn’t painful and, since it works with your body’s natural movements, it is very low-risk. If you are considering this treatment for back or neck pain relief, here’s what you can expect from your first spinal decompression appointment.

Your First Spinal Decompression Appointment 

Evaluation and Diagnosis 

Before starting spinal decompression, your chiropractor will need to determine what type of injury or condition you have, and where the problem starts. Targeting the right vertebrae within the spine is essential to make your spinal decompression appointments effective. Spinal decompression is generally used to treat issues with the lumbar spine (lower back), or cervical spine (neck). 

Spinal problems can be diagnosed in many ways. In some cases, a simple examination with basic stretches can show where the problem exists and whether or not spinal decompression will be effective. Your chiropractor may conduct other tests to show the problem more clearly, such as an X-ray, MRI, CT scan, or an EMG. With this evaluation complete, your chiropractor can recommend how many spinal decompression appointments you need, and give you more information about other accompanying treatments that will make spinal decompression more effective.   


At your first spinal decompression appointment, you chiropractor will explain the spinal decompression table and how it works. There are many devices suitable for spinal decompression treatment, including the VAX-D Genesis digital system, the Triton traction table, Saunders traction devices and the Hill DT Spinal Decompression table, which is the most modern technology and the latest addition to Adkore.  

When using the Hill DT Spinal Decompression table, you will lie face-up and your hips or head will be gently secured, according to the type of treatment you need. If you require treatment for a condition affecting your lumbar spine, your legs will be raised on a platform. When you are secure and ready, the spinal decompression table will facilitate a gentle stretch through your spine, either by moving your legs or your head. An advantage of the Hill DT Spinal Decompression table is the table’s programmed ability to sense resistance and stretch only as far as you are comfortably able. This stretch will be repeated several times, and appointments last about 30 to 45 minutes total. 

During and After Your Appointment

Spinal decompression is designed to gently stretch your affected vertebrae in order to promote the flow of blood and nutrients, and realign spinal bones and tissues as necessary. This means you may feel some soreness and discomfort during the process, but generally not more than the discomfort caused by the condition throughout the day. After the treatment, many patients report lower amounts of pain and more flexibility and movement. However, it will take 20 to 50 regularly scheduled treatments to feel long-term relief. 


After your appointment, your chiropractor may recommend using heat or cold on your back or neck to reduce soreness and promote further healing. Your chiropractor will also recommend any restrictions on activity, such as heavy-lifting restrictions if your condition is severe. You may also receive recommended stretches that you can do at home to safely stretch the spine. Outside of these recommendations, you should be free to return to work and your daily activities. With each spinal decompression appointment, you will feel less and less pain from your injury or condition. 

For those with chronic back pain, numbness in the arms or legs, or problems with flexibility or movement, spinal decompression provides an alternative to medications or surgery. Contact us or learn more about spinal decompression online to see if this treatment is right for you. 

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