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Spinal Decompression Therapy

Honest, effective, affordable decompression.

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression is an alternative therapy designed with the goal of alleviating pain and promoting healing of the intervertebral disc.


Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device, with the goal of relieving back pain and/or leg pain. This procedure is called nonsurgical decompression therapy (as opposed to surgical spinal decompression, such as laminectomy and microdiscectomy).




The indications for spinal decompression therapy (given by its proponents) are relatively broad.

It is often recommended as a treatment alternative for many types of lower back pain, sciatica (leg pain), or neck pain caused by a herniated disc, bulging disc, or degenerated disc.

Contraindications for SDT - Stretching the spine to relieve back pain is not appropriate for some patients. The following groups of people are not good candidates for non-surgical spinal decompression:


  • Pregnant women

  • Patients with broken vertebrae

  • Patients who have had spinal fusion

  • Patients who have an artificial disc, or other implants, in their spine

  • Patients with failed back surgery

  • Anyone who has had multiple surgeries without recovery (pain improvement)

  • Patients with any of the following conditions are also not good candidates:

    • Osteoporosis, or osteopenia

    • Spondylolisthesis

    • Spinal stenosis

    • Spinal infection

    • Spinal tumor

    • Ankylosing spondylitis

    • Any condition that may compromise the integrity of the spine

    • Any condition requiring the patient to take blood thinner medication

If you have a condition listed above, please speak to Dr. Shoemaker and see if it is still a viable option for you.

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