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What is Spinal Decompression, And How Does It Work?

We see a variety of back pain patients at our Edmonton Physio Clinic. In fact, back injuries can cause many different symptoms of of pain and dysfunction. This may include pain, loss of mobility, dizziness, weakness, spasms, incoordination, nerve damage, difficulty breathing, numbness and paralysis. Now, not all back pain is severe. Even long standing back aches and pains can be treated conservatively. We often see patients that are concerned about their back pain and may have a previous diagnosis of disk herniation or “pinched nerve”. But in the majority of cases, we find that the nerve is not actually pinched or occluded. In these cases, you can recover from debilitating back pain that has constantly caused spasm like pain and that feeling a “twinging”. Often a muscle or segment of the nerve is compromised by excessive tone or tension. This area of the muscle and nerve can be the area that causes pain and may even radiate down the hip or into the leg. By identifying the cause, we can then teach the muscle, nerves and joints to “let go” and begin to mobilize better. At Regenerate Physiotherapy and Shockwave, our expert movement physiotherapists have helped hundreds of patients with back issues, relieving symptoms by using a variety of nonsurgical techniques. One of our advanced techniques is spinal decompression therapy. We offer specialized decompression bed that uses a computerized stretches to your spine muscles. This can help ease pressure in painful areas. The non-invasive nature of this procedure makes it the go-to treatment for patients with spine-related problems. However, is is never used in isolation. In fact, it is only a small part of the recovery plain. And not all patients will respond to this treatment. This means your part in the healing process may require back targeted exercises or stretches, education or other treatments.  

Why do We Offer Spinal Decompression Treatment at our Physiotherapy Clinic in Edmonton?


Spinal problems can arise acutely, as in a traumatic injury or accident, or slowly over time, where joints and tissues can become irritated. This irritation can inflame the area and this type of swelling can cause muscles and joints to stiffen and become sore or tender. Because your spine is a major core component of your body, it affects all other major body systems. We are passionate about our stubborn spine program offered to patients struggling with long term back pain and dysfunction. 

What Can you Expect During Spinal Decompression Therapy?


Since each patient has different needs for their spinal decompression, the procedure may vary slightly from patient to patient. Once your therapists determines the treatment. You can relax in knowing that the traction device will be pain free and restorative. 

Before arriving at our clinic: During the pre-therapy phase, please drink plenty of water before arriving at our clinic for decompression treatment. 

During the treatment: When your therapy starts, you will lay down on the computer-controlled table. Depending upon the type of decompression you need, you may be lying face down or face up. A slow and gentle stretch is applied to your spine with the help of the moving table. Usually, the pressure is applied in successions until complete decompression is achieved. The whole procedure takes less than an hour, and you can get back to your usual daily life activities immediately. 

After decompression: Once your spinal decompression is complete, you can go home or back to work. Depending on your specific needs, we may suggest exercises for you to perform at home, or the use of cold or hot packs. In some instances, you ma receive other manual muscle treatments to aid in the relaxation of muscles and fascia. 

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