Decompression therapy is a nonsurgical program designed to relieve pain in the lower back and neck. The therapy uses a machine to slowly and gently stretch the spine. Stretching the spine will assist in taking pressure off of a compressed nerve root and spinal discs. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal which also helps with pain.
About 20% of patients will start seeing relief of pain within the first week. Around 40% of patients will have significant relief within 2–3 weeks. The remaining 20% will get significant relief between 4–6 weeks. The best results are patients that are able to get at least 2 - 3 sessions a week at a time. Each session will be between 15 - 20 minutes individualized per patient.