How Do Chiropractors Use Spinal Decompression Tables?

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Imagine a world where back pain is manageable without any surgery involved.

That’s what spinal decompression therapy is all about!

Where does the magic take place?

On spinal decompression tables! 

These high-tech machines are designed to gently pull your spine just the right amount—akin to having a personal back-care assistant.

Let’s dive into how this cool combination of physical therapy and technology is changing the game for patients with chronic back pain everywhere!

What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Think of spinal decompression therapy as the ultimate stretching session for your spine.

This therapy is entirely non-surgical—no needles, scalpels, or “count backward from ten” moments!

The inside of your back holds discs that cushion the bones in your spine.

Sometimes, these discs may bulge out or become squished due to reasons like heavy lifting or wear and tear. 

That’s where spinal decompression therapy swoops in to save the day!

2 Cool Stats about Spinal Decompression Therapy

  • High Success Rate: Studies have shown that spinal decompression therapy has a success rate of 70-90% in reducing or even eliminating back pain. That’s 7-9 out of every 10 people walking away with a happier spine! (Source:
  • Long-Lasting Relief: A study found that 86% of patients reported immediate pain relief after spinal decompression therapy, and most of them continued to feel better long after the treatment ended. (Source:

Do I Need Spinal Decompression Therapy?

spinal decompression therapy

Here’s a comprehensive rundown of the conditions our patients ameliorate through spinal decompression:

  • Herniated Discs: If you’ve got a disc in your spine that’s decided to take an unwelcome trip outside its usual spot, try spinal decompression.
  • Sciatica: Decompression therapy eases the pressure behind sciatica pain.
  • Chronic Back Pain: For those who’ve been carrying the burden of back pain for what seems like forever, spinal decompression is a true game changer.
  • Degenerative Discs: Decompression therapy gives those discs more breathing room and a break from the daily grind.
  • Post-Surgical Recovery: If you’ve had back surgery but are still dealing with pain, decompression therapy will help expedite the healing process.

Who Should Avoid Spinal Decompression Therapy?

who should avoid spinal decompression therapy

Just like how you wouldn’t invite a cat to a mouse party, certain patients should steer clear of spinal decompression:

  • Pregnant Women: With a baby on board, lying on their backs is a no-go for future moms. They’ve got enough going on without adding spinal decompression to the mix.
  • Osteoporosis: If your bones are in the ‘fragile’ category due to osteoporosis, this therapy might be too much pressure for them to handle.
  • Metal in the Spine: Decompression therapy is off the table for patients with metal implants in their spines.
  • Spinal Injuries: If you’ve recently had a severe injury to your spine, like a fracture, decompression therapy might do more harm than good. It’s like trying to dance on a broken foot—better to wait until things are more stable.
  • Spinal Tumors: Patients with spinal tumors or infections should avoid this form of therapy.
  • Severe Nerve Damage: Avoid anything that may worsen your nerve damage.

What Is a Spinal Decompression Table?

A spinal decompression table is a high-tech relaxation station for your spine.

Picture a comfy yet technologically advanced bed straight out of a sci-fi movie—minus the aliens!

This star player in non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is designed to relieve pain and give your back the ultimate stretch.

Imagine chilling out on your back while the state-of-the-art table gently stretches your spine, helping those aches and pains disappear.

It’s like a futuristic mini-vacation for your back!

The 2 Types of Spinal Decompression Tables

the 2 types of spinal decompression tables

Decompression Table with Cables and Pulley Systems

This table uses a system of cables and pulleys to gently pull your spine.

Think of a slow, gentle tug-of-war where the only opponent is back pain.

Chiropractors can adjust the pull of this decompression table to appropriate levels for your back.

Decompression Table with Upper and Lower Body Portions

This Transformer of the spinal table world can move and adjust to align perfectly with your body.

The table is divided into two parts: one for your upper body and one for your lower body, both of which move independently.

For example, if your lower back is the troublemaker, the table focuses on that area while leaving your upper body in peace.

The 4 Most Common Spinal Decompression Table Brands

the 4 most common spinal decompression table brands

First off, we’ve got the DRX9000, the superstar of spinal decompression.

It’s known for its advanced technology and effectiveness in treating lower back pain, especially with those pesky herniated discs.

Next, there’s the Accu-SPINA system, known for its precision and ability to customize the treatment to each patient’s needs.

It’s like having a tailor for your spine, making sure everything fits just right!

Another big name on the spinal decompression table market is the Triton DTS.

It’s durable, reliable, and has a solid track record of helping patients with back pain.

Finally, let’s not forget the Hill DT—the cool, innovative kid on the block.

Hill DT is known for its state-of-the-art design and use of cutting-edge technology.

It’s like having the newest smartphone but for your spine!

How Do Chiropractors Use Spinal Decompression Tables?

During your first chiropractic visit, Dr. Doerr will ask about your pain history and conduct a physical exam.

These steps will ensure you’re the perfect candidate for decompression therapy.

Once you’re all clear, you’ll lie down on the decompression table.

You’ll be comfortably strapped in, though not like you’ll be launched into space. These straps apply the stretch exactly where it’s needed.

Next, Dr. Doerr becomes the pilot of this high-tech device.

He’ll program the table using a computer to stretch your spine gently.

The decompression table creates negative pressure in your spine, especially around those trouble-making discs. This negative pressure is like a mini vacuum, sucking those discs back into their rightful place and encouraging them to drink up nutrients and fluids.

The table will alternate between stretching and relaxing during the 30 to 45-minute treatment session.

Dr. Doerr will recommend several sessions over a few weeks as part of your decompression treatment protocol. Only a thoroughly meticulous plan of action will achieve chronic pain relief!

Unwind Your Spine: Discover the Remarkable Health Benefits of Spinal Decompression Therapy in New Jersey!

At Bergen Chiropractic and Sports Rehabilitation Center, our chiropractic team, under the leadership of Dr. Gregory Doerr, adheres to the highest medical standards to provide superior chiropractic help. Our mission is to provide unparalleled patient care in a comfortable, healing atmosphere. 

Access our contact form or call us at (201) 945-4075 to learn more about our chiropractic care services! Our offices at 532 Anderson Avenue, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010, and 62 Summit Ave, Hackensack, NJ 07601, are ready to welcome you as we proudly serve the areas of New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, PA, and Baltimore, MD. Also, access our blog, Facebook, and Instagram pages for more information on spinal decompression therapy!


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  2. “Spinal Decompression Treatment & DTS Therapy: Focus Physiotherapy.” Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation & Sports Injury Clinic, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.
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