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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression: A non-surgical option for your back pain

Non-Surgical spinal decompression: a non-surgical treatment for back pain

When people think of chiropractors, the first thought that almost always crosses their mind is “adjustments”. While this is true, and chiropractors are masters at guiding the spine back to its optimal position, the chiropractors here at BCA-PT utilize a multitude of techniques to help our patients in the best way possible for each individual patient. For our patients who deal with Sciatica or pain in their lower back such as a disc herniation, one of the treatments used is non-surgical spinal decompression (NSSD).

What is non-surgical spinal decompression?

The discs in your spine can become herniated or bulge from car crashes, lifting items that are too heavy, or even from twisting too much. Non-surgical spinal decompression aims to address herniated discs in a non-surgical fashion. NSSD is the process of gently stretching the spine, using a special table to keep the upper body still, as the lower body gets stretched and relaxed in a controlled manner. This type of decompression is called “traction,” and has been used by orthopedics, chiropractors and other healthcare professionals for decades. Traction is usually used for reducing pressure on a compressed nerve or stress on an intervertebral disc.

Can non-surgical spinal decompression help me?

NSSD can be very effective for patients with bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disk disorders, sciatica, nerve root pain and posterior facet syndrome, or worn spinal joints. The great thing about this non-invasive technique is that it actually can help with back pain in the long term. Many patients turn to medication, which may be able to numb the pain, but it doesn't help with the root of the problem (and in some cases can be addictive and expensive). Non-surgical spinal decompression helps create the space to realign those herniated discs and allow proper nutrients and water to help assist in the healing process.

How does it work? Does NSSD hurt?

There are generally two steps in the process of non-surgical spinal decompression. First, a harness is placed on the hips and attached to the table near the feet. The upper body portion of the table is stationary, and then the bottom portion of the table slides back and forth slowly, to create the traction effect. During the procedure you will feel your back being gently stretched. There is a chance of soreness that might set in the day or day after treatment, but your chiropractor here at BCA-PT will guide you through the process. Our chiropractors are here to help you feel better and they have many other therapeutic options if this treatment isn’t the right choice for your condition or injury.


If you are interested in a non-surgical option for herniated discs, giving Buffalo Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Physical Therapy a call is the best first step you can take! Our knowledgeable doctors are here to help you on your recovery journey, and will be there throughout the process to help you. To schedule your first appointment, give us a call or fill out this form.

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