Is Spinal Decompression Painful?

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Lumbar decompression with the DRX9000

We have been offering spinal decompression services in San Francisco for about 8 years now. During this time we have performed over 15,000 spinal decompression treatments to the neck and low back…so we have a nice sampling to draw certain conclusions from.

One of the first things many potential spinal decompression patients ask is “does spinal decompression hurt?”…and you can’ really blame them…most are already in a lot of pain and really don’t want to have the injured spinal disc pulled on if it is going to hurt.

Well…the good news is that decompression therapy with machines like the DRX9000 are designed and built for maximum patient comfort. In fact…most people fall asleep during the spinal decompression treatments, which last about 30 minutes.

So…to directly answer the question “Is spinal decompression painful?”

I would say NO!…most of the time.

Sure…there are situations where people get sore…sometimes real sore…but “real sore” is rare.  As spinal decompression doctors we expect that patients will get sore…after-all, the treatment is physical. Because of this we use muscle stimulation and ice right after the decompression treatments to reduce inflammation and muscle spasms. We also instruct the patients on how to apply ice throughout the day.

We have real specific do’s and dont’s that allow for maximum healing.

And when patients do get sore…it’s usually nothing more than the soreness you would get if you did a new exercise. Because in actuality, it’s very similar. Part of the soreness some people get after decompression is because the muscle are now working with the spine and disc in a new position…so they have to work a little different…because of this they can get sore. Ice reduces the likelihood of the soreness interfering with the treatment.

Bottom Line: Most herniated disc patients look forward to their spinal decompression therapy. The listen to music, sleep, relax, and generally get better.

So there you go. Don’t let the possibility of soreness from decompression therapy stop you from doing it. Because chances are, it will be a non event.

To schedule an appointment with one of our spinal decompression doctors in San Francisco, call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary consultation.

Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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