What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is a non-invasive technique that relieves pressure on the spinal discs, nerves, and joints. The procedure involves gently stretching the spine to create space between the vertebrae, which helps to alleviate stress on the affected area. During spinal decompression in Clearwater, the patient lies on a table while a device gently pulls the spine to create space between the vertebrae. This negative pressure allows the discs to retract and promotes the movement of oxygen, water, and nutrients into the affected area.

Conditions Treated with Spinal Decompression

Treatment can help relieve pain and discomfort by relieving pressure caused by various spinal conditions, such as:

Herniated Discs

Herniated discs occur when the soft inner material of a disc bulges out through a tear in the outer layer. This can pressure nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness, and weakness.


Sciatica is a condition that occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down to the legs, becomes compressed or irritated. The result is pain, tingling, and numbness in the legs and feet.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease occurs when the discs between the vertebrae in the spine break down and lose their cushioning ability. This can cause pain, stiffness, and limited mobility. In addition to relieving pressure, spinal decompression can help increase the space between the vertebrae and promote the healing of the discs.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis happens when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs and arms. Spinal decompression in Clearwater can help increase the space in the spinal canal and reduce pressure on the nerves.

Facet Syndrome

Facet syndrome is a condition that occurs when the small joints in the spine become inflamed or irritated, causing pain and stiffness in the neck or back.

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What Are the Benefits of Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is a safe and effective alternative to surgery with several benefits:

  • The therapy creates negative pressure in the spine, which helps to pull the disc back into place, reducing pressure on the nerves and relieving pain
  • By stretching the spine, the therapy allows more room for the nerves to exit the spine, improving the range of motion in the back and reducing stiffness
  • It’s non-invasive with no risk of complications associated with surgery, such as infection or bleeding
  • The non-surgical therapy is also less expensive than surgery and does not require a lengthy recovery period
  • Unlike pain medications, which can cause drowsiness, nausea, and other side effects, spinal decompression in Clearwater is a natural treatment that does not involve any drugs

The Spinal Decompression Procedure

Before the procedure, you’ll lie on a specialized table where your position is adjusted to ensure optimal spine alignment. You’ll be fitted with a harness around the hips, which is used to apply traction to the spine during the procedure.

The table will slowly move, creating a gentle stretching motion of the spine. The amount of traction applied will be adjusted based on your comfort level and the severity of the treated condition.

Spinal decompression typically lasts between 20 and 45 minutes, during which you may feel a gentle pulling sensation in the back. You should also experience a sense of relaxation or relief from pain. After treatment, you may feel some mild soreness or stiffness in the back, but this should subside quickly. While we advise you to rest briefly after the procedure, you can generally return to normal activities within a day or two. Most patients require a series of treatments to achieve the best results.

Relieve Spinal Pain at Clearwater Medical Group

Spinal decompression in Clearwater is an excellent non-surgical treatment option for people who suffer from back pain, neck pain, or other related conditions. When you’re ready to improve your quality of life, alleviate pain, and improve mobility, we’re here to help!

We have been treating the root cause of chronic health conditions instead of masking symptoms, resulting in long-term results without side effects since 2007. Our doctors have over four decades of experience helping thousands benefit from our various treatments resulting in symptom reduction, weight loss, and pain relief - such as IV therapy and more. Contact Clearwater Medical Group today to learn more about spinal decompression and to schedule an appointment.

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