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Spinal Decompression

Warragul Chiropractic prides itself on evidence-based chiropractic therapy.  Spinal manipulation has been extensively researched over many years and has demonstrated effectiveness and safety in the treatment of a range of spinal disorders 1.

Over the past two decades decompression therapy has also emerged as an important therapy for the management of spinal and related disorders.

What Conditions May Benefit From Decompression?

    • Sciatica (leg pain, weakness or numbness/tingling originating in the low back) 2
    • Brachialgia (arm pain, weakness or numbness/tingling originating in the neck) 3
    • Pain due to Herniated, Protruding or Prolapsed Discs1
    • Pain due to Arthritis and disc degeneration
    • Spinal Stenosis 4,5
    • Failed back Surgery 6
  • A gentle and effective alternative to conventional chiropractic manipulation


How Does Decompression Work?

Decompression therapy can be applied using precise gentle computer programmed movements or specifically applied by the practitioner at specific vertebral levels (Cox Technic).  During the stretching process, pressure is reduced within the intervertebral discs, the nerve canals are widened and surrounding soft tissues and joints are stretched.

      • Disc conditions – as bulges or herniation's are drawn in, the transfer of essential nutrients and oxygen facilitates the disc to begin the healing process.
      • Nerve Conditions – nerve pressure is reduced allowing blood flow and nutrients to heal swollen, inflamed or damaged nerve tissues.
      • Joint Conditions – Pressure is released from stiff and inflamed joints helping to restore normal movement.


Warragul Chiropractic has two specifically designed decompression instruments

Automated Non-surgical decompression therapy 

This decompression therapy slowly and gently lengthens the spine through precise computer programmed movements.

Treatments typically take between 10 and 30 minutes,depending on the spine region being targeted and the severity of the condition. The table has an advanced computer-controlled biofeedback response which adjusts forces at a rate of 20 milliseconds (the human neurological response is 50 milliseconds).  This feature allows for very gentle stretching forces to be applied to the spine, all but eliminating unwanted muscle spasms, a common side-effect during treatment on conventional traction tables.


Cox Technic - Spinal Decompression and Joint Mobilising Therapy

 This table also utilises automated decompression and is more suited to clients who prefer a face-down position or who have a spinal condition more responsive to face down (prone) therapy 7.  The instrument is also used to apply very specific treatment at dysfunctional segments improving joint motion and giving pain relief.



Which Decompression  Method is Best for Me?

Your practitioner will take a thorough history and perform a careful examination to determine whether your condition is suitable for decompression therapy.  Most conditions suitable for decompression will respond well on both devices, however there are some specific cases in which one may be selected over the other.


1. Evidence-Based Nonpharmacologic Strategies for Comprehensive Pain Care White Paper 12.15. 2017

2. Gudavalli MR et al: A randomized clinical trial and subgroup analysis to compare flexion-distraction with active exercise for chronic low back pain. European Spine J. 2006 Jul;15(7):1070-82

3. Fritz et al. Exercise Only, Exercise with Mechanical Traction, or Exercise With Over-Door Traction for Patients With Cervical Radiculopathy, With or Without Consideration of Status on a Previously Described Subgrouping Rule: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2014;44(2):45–57. Epub 9 January 2014. doi:10.2519/jospt.2014.5065

4. Choi J, Lee S, Jeon C: Effects of Flexion-Distraction Manipulation Therapy on Pain And Disability In Patients With Lumbar Spinal Stenosis. J Phys Therapeutic Science 2015;27(6):1937-9

5.  Murphy, DR; Hurwitz, EL; Gregory, AA; Clary, R. A non-surgical approach to the management of lumbar spinal stenosis: A prospective observational cohort study. BMC MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS 2006; 7:NIL_1-NIL_8

6. Kruse, Jerrilyn Cambron:  Chiropractic Management of Postsurgical Lumbar Spine Pain: A Retrospective Study of 32 Cases. JMPT 2011 Jul-Aug Vol. 34

7.  Filiz M et al: Mechanical Traction for Lumbar Radicular Pain: Supine or Prone? A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Phys Med Rehabilitation 2018 (ePub Ahead of Print)

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