What to Expect From Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a natural healing practice.

80% of the population will experience back pain during their lifetime, and half of the workforce reports back pain every year. Herniated discs and other chronic conditions can cause persistent symptoms, from stiff necks to lower back pain. These can wear on your energy levels, motivation, and mental health. Surgery might seem like a reasonable step, but decompression therapy might achieve similar results without any of the downsides. 


Dr. Joseph Kielur of Mass Ave. Chiropractic in Indianapolis, Indiana offers spinal decompression therapy to those suffering from chronic back pain. This non-surgical, non-invasive therapy provides pain relief and stability without the risks and downtime associated with surgical procedures. Here’s what you need to know about the therapy and how it might help you. 

What causes back and neck pain?

You have soft material between each vertebra that lengthens your spine and prevents your bones from grinding against each other. These are called discs. When the disc material begins to herniate, or bulge, it puts pressure on the nerves coming from your spinal cord in your back/neck. 


Herniated discs might be caused by age, trauma from an accident or injury, or certain conditions. Spinal decompression therapy is a type of chiropractic procedure that reduces the pressure herniated discs put on your nerves. 


If you’ve had chiropractic adjustments, you know that they’re essential to keeping your spine in proper alignment. Spinal decompression therapy works in a similar way, while also opening up space between vertebrae and taking pressure off nerves. 

What does spinal decompression therapy do?

Spinal decompression therapy reduces pressure from the top of your neck all the way down to your lower back. It works by gently stretching and relaxing your spine in a controlled manner. Spinal decompression tables are motorized, and your doctor will control the tension and range of motion according to your condition and comfort level.


During your appointment, you lie on the motorized table with a harness around your hips. The upper portion of the table remains still, but the lower section slides, providing intermittent traction and relaxation for your spine. This gentle stretching and relaxing motion shouldn’t feel painful at all, and some people even note that it feels good to stretch their spine in such a way. 

How spinal decompression therapy helps with herniated discs

Depending on your condition, your doctor will recommend a series of spinal decompression appointments. These procedures produce a number of results, including: 



Basically, spinal decompression therapy can help repair herniated discs. This relieves compression of the nerves caused by conditions like: 



This therapy works naturally to help you recover from injuries and degenerative conditions. 


After spinal decompression therapy, you can expect your back pain to improve. As each disc in your spine heals, it takes pressure off your nerves. This alleviates pain and allows you to move around more easily.

If you’d like to learn more about spinal decompression therapy and find out if it’s right for you, reach out to Mass Ave Chiropractic by calling 317-427-5280 or booking an appointment online.

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