Decompression FAQs

1. How many treatments does it take to achieve the desired results? Some patients with mild neck or back pain will benefit from just a few decompression visits. Tougher cases will require a comprehensive program of 24 visits. According to published research, the minimum therapeutic dosage for long-lasting change is 24 treatments. Sometimes it may be necessary to add a few visits depending how the patient’s condition is responding to treatment.

2. What are my chances of achieving pain relief? According to published research, a person with chronic back or neck pain has a 91% chance of achieving full or very significant pain relief.

3. Will the relief I achieve last? According to published research, more than 50% of patients were able to maintain a pain-free or near pain-free status for up to four years after treatment had ended.

4. Is this the same as traditional traction therapy? In short, no. Decompression therapy creates true decompression in the spine, meaning it reduces pressure in the disc to a negative amount. Traditional traction or inversion therapy does provide stretching of the spine – which can be beneficial – but does not reduce pressure enough in the disc to achieve a negative amount. In a head-to-head study, decompression therapy rendered good to excellent relief in 86% of patients with herniated discs and 75% of patients with facet syndrome. Traction therapy yielded no excellent results in patients with herniated discs and only 50% of patients with facet syndrome rendered good to excellent results.

5. How much will this cost me? The price for decompression is $50 per visit for one area, and $75 per visit for both neck and low back. Tougher cases require a comprehensive treatment plan which would include adjustments, MLS laser, postural support, and supplements in addition to decompression. Pricing for comprehensive programs can range from $1,500 to $2,900 for one area, depending on your insurance coverage. We always present your program cost before you decide to sign up, not after you’ve already completed the program.

6. What conditions is spinal decompression treatment appropriate for? Degenerated discs, herniated discs, bulging discs, facet syndrome, failed spine surgery, or failure to respond to traditional chiropractic, physical therapy, steroid injections or pain medication.

7. Can I just do a few treatments and see how I respond? Some patients with mild cases will benefit from just a few decompression visits. Tougher cases will require a comprehensive program of 24 visits. The research clearly shows the minimum effective dosage is 24 visits for lastly structural change.We offer one free trial session to make sure you tolerate decompression therapy. We ask comprehensive program patients to fully commit to all 24 visits. We are serious about helping chronic neck and back pain and you should be too.

8. Why aren’t other chiropractors and physical therapists in our area offering this service? Many chiropractors and physical therapists are not comfortable or knowledgeable enough about treating some of the more complex, chronic and tough cases of spinal pain. Decompression therapy is a specialized technique for treating these cases. The decompression therapy table is an expensive piece of equipment which may deter some clinicians from purchasing one.

9. Why doesn’t my insurance pay for decompression therapy? Some aspects of your care may be covered by insurance such as chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic services and rehab exercises. Postural supports, supplements and decompression therapy are not covered by insurance. Decompression is a relatively new technology and insurance takes a while to cover some new treatment options. Also, decompression therapy has been proven effective and works so well that if insurance covered it almost everyone with neck or back pain would give it a try. This would not be profitable for insurance companies.

10. Can a person have more than one series of treatments if needed? If a patient achieves relief after the minimum 24 visits then the patient is usually dismissed from care or enrolls in a maintenance program. If down the road they have some type of setback or flare up, another series of treatments may be needed. Keep in mind many patients will achieve lasting relief.

11. What if I need decompression for both my neck and low back? Many patients have both a neck and lower back condition and decompression can be applied to both areas. We typically charge an extra $25/session above the normal one-region price ($50/session) as listed above. People who have both neck and low back conditions are the most difficult and complex to treat, but can still achieve significant pain relief.