Spinal Decompression in Holland

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Decompression Therapy in Holland MI is applied with the goals of relieving pain and promoting an optimal healing environment for bulging, degenerating, or herniated discs. Nonsurgical spinal decompression is noninvasive and works by gently stretching the spine, this changes the force and position of the spine, which takes pressure off the spinal discs, which are gel-like cushions between the bones of your spine, but creates a negative pressure in the disc.

Spinal decompression is a type of traction therapy applied to the spine in an attempt to bring about several benefits including:

  • Creating a negative intradiscal pressure (pressure within the disc itself, acts like a vacuum) to promote retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material. (Pulls herniated or bulging disc material back into the disc.)
  • Pressure is taken off the nerves and other structures in the spine (relief from sciatic pain).
  • Create a lower pressure in the disc that will cause an influx of healing nutrients and other substances into the disc. (Promotes the passage of healing nutrients into the disc and fosters a better healing environment)

The patient remains clothed and lies on a computerized table. The treatment applies a specific force to the compressed discs, and the computer alternates the compressions force with relaxation periods. Usually, there is a series of 10-20 alternating decompression and relaxation cycles for an individual treatment time of approx. 10-15 minutes. The patient could feel discomfort during or after the decompression visit, although they should feel more of a stretch (lengthening) in the spine.

Spinal Decompression Therapy is an affordable, nonsurgical, and safe alternative for neck and back pain without the use of drugs, pills, or needles. Patients are tired of taking pills that simply mask the pain (not to mention the side effects…). Patients are frustrated with getting shots that work the first and second time and then eventually have no effect. Patients are fearful of getting surgery as they have seen firsthand from friends and family who have spent $1,000’s, had to take weeks off work, dealt with scars and risked serious side effects. Scan here to see how decompression works!

Who Benefits from Spinal Decompression? Who Cannot Use Decompression? What Conditions Does It Treat?

If you have back pain and other related symptoms, spinal decompression therapy not only significantly reduces back pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to more active lifestyles.

Patients that have any of the following symptoms/conditions are candidates for Decompression Therapy:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Numbness anywhere on body
  • Bulging, Herniated, and Protruding Disc
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Worn Spinal Joints
  • Injured or Diseased Spinal Nerve Roots
  • Hypermobility
  • Compression Fractures
  • Joint Pain
  • Discogenic Pain
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Post-Surgical Pain

If you have any of the following – Decompression is not for you:

  • Fractured or broken vertebrae
  • Tumor on the spine
  • Advanced Osteoporosis

Treatment Protocols In Holland MI

Treatment time and frequency will depend on each patients’ condition. We will work with you to find a spinal decompression plan that corresponds with your body and treatment goals. Prior to your first spinal decompression treatment, patients will be thoroughly examined both manually and with the use of digital x-rays in order to determine which spinal discs are compressed and if the treatment is suitable and has a high likelihood of success.

While patient conditions vary, our recommendation for Decompression Therapy is typically:

  • 8-18 sessions over nine weeks.

Some conditions require more visits or more frequent visits, while others require more frequent visits initially and then a decrease in frequency over time. The doctor always re-evaluates your condition and progress throughout the entire treatment plan to ensure goals are being met.

Most often an adjustment and decompression therapy is recommended on the same day.

After completion of your initial spinal decompression protocol, the patient is then encouraged to go on a maintenance program which will prevent them from losing any progress made during their initial treatment plan. Maintenance will generally consist of monthly visits and will help to limit any exacerbations.

Is It Effective?

YES! Research has shown that nonsurgical decompression therapy is effective. Most patients experience some type of pain relief and increased mobility within the first few treatments, and upon completion of the protocol, overall pain was decreased by 88.9%!

One study, published by the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, confirmed that non-surgical spinal decompression can provide low-back pain sufferers some much-needed pain relief. In this research, 30 patients who experienced lumbar disc herniation engaged in spinal decompression therapy for 6 weeks. The results were a decrease in back pain and increased disc height causing the researchers to conclude that pain reduction may be mediated, at least in part, through the restoration of disc height.

In another study, a 33-year-old male had been suffering from low back pain for 6 years. After 20 decompression therapy sessions, he reported his pain went from a 6/10 to a 0/10. An MRI also confirmed an increase in disc height.


Many of the conditions listed here are very painful and can easily turn from acute to chronic pain.

The gentle stretching and relaxing of your spine through spinal decompression therapy allows once-herniated or bulging discs to return to their proper position. The repositioning of the disc alleviates pain while prompting healthy blood flow to once-restricted areas.


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