Decompression therapy

From degenerative disc disease, slipped discs, general wear and tear to sciatica or neck and back pain, decompression therapy is one of the safest and most effective treatments for a range of disc problems.

What is spinal decompression therapy?

Non-surgical and non-invasive, spinal decompression helps to relieve any problems in the disc and spinal nerve regions. Typically, these conditions are difficult to treat because of a lack of blood supply to the area. Decompression therapy changes this.

It works by gently stretching the spine to release any pressure or tension. As it does, essential nutrients and hydration flow into the disc space – helping to aid healing and recovery.

Here, we look into what you can expect from decompression therapy in Woking and answer some of the most common questions. If you’re interested in arranging a free consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What can decompression therapy treat?

Spinal decompression can be used to treat a number of disc-related conditions. The most common are:

Where is decompression therapy carried out?

In terms of a medical setting, this therapy will be carried out in our practice. On the body, this treatment can be used on the lower back or neck – as this is where most disc problems are found.

What to expect?

After your initial consultation, and once you’ve agreed to go ahead with decompression therapy.. You’ll be asked to lie on a table, and a gentle traction will be fitted to your spine. Before the treatment starts, we’ll ensure that you’re as comfortable as can be.

During the therapy, the table goes through a rhythmic cycle, gently pulling the spine to relieve tension. As the traction is created, negative pressure is formed. This then causes an almost vacuum-like effect in the disc space, allowing nutrients and hydration to flow freely. In turn, the body’s cells renew and regenerate, once more aiding the healing process. What’s more, this continues long after the treatment is finished.

The number of treatments you will require depends on your condition as well as various other factors. Our team will monitor your progress however and can discuss timeframes in your consultation. If we think you may benefit from an alternative treatment, we’ll highlight this too.

Does it hurt?

The treatment itself doesn’t hurt but, if you’re suffering with current pain, you may feel slight discomfort or find it difficult to get onto the table. Our team is well-equipped to assist you and we also have blankets and cushions to help you to feel as comfortable as possible.

Got any questions about decompression therapy? Perhaps you want to know alternative treatments for your disc concerns? Get in touch today and we’d be happy to answer your queries or arrange a free initial consultation. 

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Before your first visit, our receptionist will confirm your appointment time 24 hours beforehand and will make sure you have directions and a place to park. When you arrive, we will ask you to fill out a health history form and then you will see Dr Jeremy for a consultation. The consultation will involve a medical history, physical examination, posture assessment and X-rays if clinically necessary.

Once we have completed your initial consultation it will take 2 hours to process the results and propose a treatment plan.  The chiropractic assistant will invite you back at a time that is suitable for you either later on in the day or week. At the second visit Dr Jeremy will go over your results, show you your x-rays (if taken) and outline the plan to help achieve your goals.

The treatments don’t hurt, however following the adjustment there maybe some muscles and ligaments that will need to adapt due to your new posture. This can cause some stiffness in certain areas, this is normal and we advise you to pop an ice pack on the area for 10 minutes after your adjustment and drink plenty of water.

The cracking or popping noise when you receive an adjustment is gas being released from the joints. This is normal.

The first consultation costs £60, this is a full spinal assessment which involves muscle and nerve testing, posture analysis, orthopaedic testing and X-rays (£60)  if clinically necessary.

An adjustment is £60 if you pay as you go. However, we do have discount options available depending on what works best for you.

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Everybody is different and has different responses. We start very easy and explain everything that we will do on the first adjustment clearly before we perform it. Some people may feel looser more flexible afterwards, some people nothing after the first one and others may feel stiffer in the areas we have worked on. Each response is normal when we move the body around, it’s important to remember if the problem has been there for a while it will take more than one adjustment to respond.

This depends on the chronicity of the condition – whether it has been weeks, months or years will play a big part. The severity of the condition is also an important factor that your Chiropractor will be able to advise on. In the report the Chiropractor will outline the problem and tell you based off the examination how long it should typically take to feel better.

We understand that everyone is busy and has a life outside of West Chiropractic, but we ask you to please let us know as soon as possible if you can’t make an appointment and we will do our best to re-schedule this for you. We are very flexible and will always try to keep you on schedule.

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