Spinal Decompression FAQ

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy may be exactly what you need to stop chronic back and leg pain. Our doctors at Westport Chiropractic and Acupuncture have the answers to frequently asked questions from patients seeking back pain relief.


What is spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a tool your chiropractor can use to relieve pressure on pinched nerves caused by slipped or herniated discs without surgical intervention. It involves gently stretching the spine on a motorized, computer-controlled traction table to elongate the spine so herniated, degenerated, dehydrated, bulging, or otherwise-injured discs gradually return to their proper places in the spine.

How does spinal decompression therapy work?

Our chiropractor uses spinal decompression therapy to create negative intradiscal pressure. Lowering the pressure on your spine allows the cushioning discs between the vertebrae of your spine to retract and reposition themselves. The negative pressure on your spine also helps oxygen and nutrients flow to your spine through the capillaries surrounding it.

Is chiropractic spinal decompression one-and-done the way surgery is?

You will need multiple spinal decompression sessions with your chiropractor to help your discs heal. But you won't have to go through the trauma of hospitalization. There's also no risk of surgical infections, because there is no surgery. You only have to devote up to about an hour to each treatment, which can be scheduled at your convenience with our chiropractor, and you are highly likely to start feeling better almost immediately.

What's it like to get spinal decompression therapy?

During spinal decompression therapy, patients are asked to lie down on a motorized table, the lower half of which can move. A harness is placed around the hips, and the lower part of the table is moved back and forth while the top half of the table is stationary in a gentle cycle of decompression and relaxation of the spine.

Does spinal decompression hurt?

All patients feel gentle pressure during their spinal decompression treatments, but pain is rare. Your pain levels should be reduced after even one treatment. 


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    I first experienced server lower back pain in July 2006. A friend and patient of Dr. Guerin's recommended that I schedule a consultation, which I did. Upon reviews of my previous MRIs, Dr. Guerin opined that I was a qualified candidate for treatment on the DRX 9000. After the first three of four treatments, I was relatively pain-free and disposed of the cane I was using in order to walk. In my fifth week of treatment, I was completely pain-free. I was looking forward to spring when I felt I woul

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    It was April 2011 and I had been exercising pretty aggressively the I did something and my hip gave out and subsequently my back was Intolerably painful. I went for an MRI to find I had so much wrong. After a short time, the pain was beginning to lessen and we would work on another disc. I could tell the progress and was optimistic. The sciatic pain disappeared and I could sleep through the night, stand up straight once again and not fear that my legs would give out. Even though I knew I had vas

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    I suffered for months with debilitating sciatic pain and nothing seemed to relieve it. I decided to try chiropractic care rather than pain medication. Dr. Guerin suggested a regiment including the DRX9000 treatment along with electrical muscle stimulation and adjustments. In just a few treatments, my pain was gone and has not come back. The DRX9000 was extremely comfortable and has become a relaxing part of my week that I look forward to.

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    I have had a drop foot and moderate neuropathy in my left leg as well as numbing leg pain in the entire leg. An MRI showed that I have herniated discs at several levels in my lower back as well as stenosis. Conventional options were described to me as surgery, epidurals to physical therapy. The therapy helped somewhat but did not stop the pain or help the neuropathy. I decided to try the DRX 9000 decompression therapy. Halfway thru the prescribed treatment protocol, my pain essential disappeared

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