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How is nonsurgical spinal decompression done?

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You are fully clothed during spinal decompression therapy. Your doctor will put you in a harness. You'll either lie face down or face up on a computer-controlled table. Your doctor will control the computer, customizing the treatment to your specific needs.

Treatment may last 30 to 45 minutes and you may need 20 to 28 treatments over 5 to 7 weeks. Before or after therapy, you may have other types of treatment, such as:

  • Electrical stimulation (electric current that causes certain muscles to contract)
  • Ultrasound (the use of sound waves to generate heat and promote healing)
  • Heat or cold therapy

From: Spinal Decompression Therapy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Spinal Decompression Association: "Spinal Decompression Therapy."

Daniel, D.M. 2007. Chiropractic and Osteopathy,

Cleveland Clinic: "Spinal Decompression Surgery."

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on January 21, 2017

SOURCES:

American Spinal Decompression Association: "Spinal Decompression Therapy."

Daniel, D.M. 2007. Chiropractic and Osteopathy,

Cleveland Clinic: "Spinal Decompression Surgery."

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on January 21, 2017

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