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Decompression Therapy


The Healing Path is the only chiropractic office in Ontario to offer spinal decompression therapy utilizing the SpineMED® Decompression System. SpineMED® is the most advanced decompression system in world. This decompression system has been licensed by Health Canada since 2002 and is utilized in hospitals and private clinics throughout the world.

Spinal decompression is a process whereby forces are applied to the spine in a manner that maximizes spinal elongation. Spinal elongation is maximized when paraspinal muscles, the muscles that guard the spine from injury, are relaxed. When paraspinal muscles relax, applied spinal decompressive forces spread apart the bony vertebrae of the spine. This relieves pressure on nerves and intervertebral discs. Where this spinal elongation occurs, pressure drops within the disc which facilitates movement of fluid, carrying nutrients and oxygen inside the disc. Additionally, the reduction in pressure can help draw in herniated disc fluids, reducing the size of herniation.

What is Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression and how does it Work?

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is designed to provide pain relief for compressive and degenerative injuries of the spine. Through the application of spinal decompressive forces to these injuries, the decompression therapy has given patients relief from back pain and has allowed them to resume the activities they love.

True Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression provides relief of pain and symptoms associated with herniated discs, bulging or protruding intervertebral discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome, and sciatica. The therapy is non-invasive and non-surgical.

Who are the best candidates for treatment?

Patients that will benefit most from Spinal Decompression may be those diagnosed with herniated discs, bulging discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease or facet syndrome.

What can I expect during a treatment?

During each 30-minute treatment session the patient relaxes comfortably on a heavily-padded bed. After being secured into position by an upper and lower body harness, the patient can completely relax by watching a DVD, listening to music or simply taking a nap. Typically, each 30-minute session is divided into 18 phases where spinal decompressive forces alternate between a maximum and minimum therapeutic level. The cycling of forces in this manner creates a pumping action that simulates the natural processes responsible for nourishing and re-hydrating the intervertebral disc.

What can I expect during the course of treatment?

Some patients may experience light side effects with this type of therapy. Mild muscular soreness during treatment may occur. The sensation would be similar to what a person might experience at the onset of a new exercise regimen. Most patients find this therapy quite comfortable and relaxing. During an average 30 minute session, most patients experience a gentle stretch in the lumbar spine and tend to fall asleep. Adjunctive therapies to spinal decompression typically include ice therapy, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. Exercise and /or the use of a lumbar decompression belt are often prescribed to support the benefits of spinal decompression therapy and improve patient compliance.