Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Most of us take our backs for granted until something goes terribly wrong. Those are the moments we realize the role they play in every aspect of our lives, because back pain can make even the simplest task feel completely impossible.

Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it affects up to 80% of people at some point during their lifetime. But whether your back pain is mild or debilitating, you can find relief, even if you haven’t had success in the past.

Jay Ebadat, DC, of South Bay Wellness Center in San Jose, California, is a skilled chiropractor offering spinal decompression therapy to those suffering from chronic back pain. This nonsurgical, noninvasive therapy provides pain relief and spine stability without the risks or downtime associated with surgical procedures. 

If you have back or neck pain, here’s how spinal decompression therapy could help. 

Understanding back and neck pain

There’s soft material between each of the bones, or vertebrae, making up your spine. This material, or discs, helps lengthen your spine and keeps your vertebra from rubbing against each other. 

Unfortunately, pain can occur in your back and neck when the disc material starts to bulge, or herniate, because it presses on the nerves coming from your spinal cord. 

You can develop herniated discs for several reasons, including age, trauma from an accident or injury, or certain medical conditions. But spinal decompression therapy is a therapeutic procedure that can reduce the pressure that these bulging discs put on surrounding nerves. 

If you’ve been to a chiropractor in the past, you know firsthand that these adjustments play an essential role in keeping your spine properly aligned. Spinal decompression works in a similar way, but it also opens up space between vertebrae and takes pressure off your nerves at the same time. 

How spinal decompression therapy works

When you have spinal decompression therapy, it reduces pressure from the top of your neck all the way down to your lower back. It involves harnesses and a motorized table, and Dr. Ebadat carefully controls the tension and range of motion based on your condition and comfort level. 

The entire process works to gently relax and stretch your spine in a precise and controlled manner. 

During your treatment, Dr. Ebadat places a harness around your hips, as you lie on the motorized table. The upper section of the table remains still, but the lower portion slides. This independent movement provides intermittent traction and relaxation for your spine. 

The gentle stretching and relaxing you experience with spinal decompression is painless, and some even say that it feels good to stretch their spine in such a way. 

When to consider spinal decompression therapy

Dr. Ebadat recommends spinal decompression therapy for several conditions, but especially herniated or bulging discs. It can also relieve nerve compression caused by conditions like: 

You can also turn to spinal decompression therapy to help you naturally recover from degenerative conditions and injuries. 

What to expect from spinal decompression therapy

Dr. Ebadat puts together a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs and could recommend a series of spinal decompression appointments. Your treatment sessions produce a number of benefits, including: 

After having spinal decompression therapy, you can expect your back and neck pain to improve. As the discs in your spine heal, the pressure on your nerves subsides, which alleviates your pain and increases your ability to move around more easily again.

Are you ready to learn more about spinal decompression therapy and see if it’s right for you? Contact us at our San Jose center by calling 408-244-6555 or requesting an appointment online.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.

Spinal Decompression Topic

Three Reasons To Consider Spinal Decompression In San Jose Back pain related to an injury or condition like sciatica is a serious issue that many people deal with on a daily basis.

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Wrist Pain When the median nerve in the hand is put under too much pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome can result. The passageway in the side of the hand is known as the carpal tunnel.

Auto Injury

3 Reasons You Should See a Chiropractor after an Auto Injury with South Bay Wellness Center Getting involved in an auto accident is not just scary, but brings about a lot of confusion as well. Most often,...

Opioid Epidemic

Pain Management and the Opioid Crisis Discussed by our San Jose Chiropractor, Dr. Ebadat For many chronic pain patients, opioid medications like OxyContin have been the only available form of treatment.