• Spinal Decompression Therapy Now Available At

    Pantano Chiropractic

    8230 E. Broadway Blvd, Suite W-2, Tucson • 520-885-1200


FAQs About Spinal Decompression Therapy

Q: What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

A: Spinal Decompression Therapy is non-surgical spinal disc rehabilitation system that uses an FDA cleared medical technology device. This device gently stretches the spine and allows the discs in the spine to decompress. This state-of-the-art technique of spinal decompression therapy relieves the “load” on the spine through distraction and positioning, and this therapeutic technique has been proven in the ability to gently separate the vertebrae. This slight separation creates a vacuum within the discs that are targeted through treatment. This “vacuum effect” is also often referred to as negative intradiscal pressure.

The negative pressure created can then lead to the retraction of the bulging or herniated disc allowing it to recede back into the inside of the disc, and moving it off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. This movement happens only microscopically each time, but over the course of four to six weeks of treatment, the results are quite dramatic and most patients experience a significant reduction in pain.

The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation that occur through Spinal Decompression Therapy during a series of visits helps to promote the diffusion of oxygen, water, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs into the inside of the discs. These important components and nutrients allow the torn, inflamed, bulging or degenerating disc fibers to begin to heal.

Q: How does the Spinal Decompression Therapy work?

The patient lies down on the Spinal Decompression Therapy table and relaxes as the device applies gentle decompression forces to injured areas. Decompression is a therapeutic elongation of the spinal column
in a slow, gentle manner. This gradual decompression is able to relieve pressure on compressed vertebrae and discs.

Patients are able to be treated fully clothed for this type of therapy. A patient is fitted with a pelvic harness which goes around their pelvis as well as a thoracic harness. Depending on the area being treated, the patient lies face down or face up on a padded table which is computer controlled. The doctor operates the table using the computer console attached to the Spinal Decompression Therapy table.

Each treatment takes about 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the nature of the spinal problem. Most patients find these sessions to be very comfortable, and in most cases some relief of pain can be noticed in the first few sessions. Significant alleviation of back pain or neck pain is usually experienced after a series of treatments of 4 to 6 sessions. Of course, this will vary depending on the individual condition of each patient.

Q: Will Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression help a slipped disc?

Spinal Decompression Can Help Pain from Bulging DiscA: Many people incorrectly refer to a “bulging” or “herniated” disc as a “slipped” disc.

Numerous studies have demonstrated that Spinal Decompression Therapy is highly successful at treating bulging or herniated discs for the majority of patients. Of course, the success varies depending on the complexity of the patient’s injury and many other factors.

The good news is that in many instances people are able to avoid more costly, invasive, and risky procedures such as injections and surgeries.

Q: How much does the Spinal Decompression Therapy cost?

A: The cost of Spinal Decompression Therapy depends on a number of factors, due to the fact that there are many variations in the type and severity of spinal disc injuries. Fortunately, this state-of-the-art therapy can be very affordable and the staff of Pantano Chiropractic is dedicated to making this safe, effective, and gentle therapy available to all patients through providing stress-free payment plans. This allows those who truly need this care patients to receive it even if they are on fixed incomes and/or Medicare.

When compared to the cost of surgery, including the co-pays, deductibles, and time off work, it can be easily said that Spinal Decompression is a real value and quite inexpensive.

Q: Will my health insurance cover this type of treatment?

A: Some health insurance plans cover the costs of associated procedures. We accept most major insurance plans.

There are many insurance plans which all have slightly different benefit packages, so it is impossible to answer this question fully without knowing more about your insurance coverage. We will be glad to help you sort out and verify your exact insurance benefits when you come into the office for your free consultation.

Q: Are there any reasons that I can’t receive Spinal Decompression Therapy?

A: The doctor will need to determine if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy because there are certain conditions which can interfere with this treatment plan and which are not recommended. The doctor will go through a screening process with you and only then will he accept the cases that he believes this therapy can be of the most help.

Those who have the following conditions are NOT candidates for Spinal Decompression Therapy:
• Tumors
• Abdominal Aortic Aneurism
• Fractures
• Metal Implants/Screws/Plates in spine
• Advanced Osteoporosis
• Pregnancy or
• Certain conditions (diseases) that compromise the structural integrity of the spine and discs.

These conditions are present in only a small percentage of the population.

Spinal Decompression Therapy can, however, be performed after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery.