Non-surgical spinal decompression is an effective technique used to treat herniated or bulging discs in the neck and lower back. It is importantly a non-surgical technique, which is used to provide treatment without the unnecessary measures and cost of surgical techniques. Spinal decompression can be useful for anyone who has back, neck, arm, or leg pain. Number and Pain of Treatment Sessions – The number of treatment sessions is dependent on your situation. Based on your treatment plan after your examination, your chiropractic health care provider will develop a plan which will include a number of sessions required. It is common for patients to undergo 15 to 20 treatment sessions. Patients experience no pain in almost all cases. Non-surgical spinal decompression is not a painful process. Some patients will even fall asleep during the process. Effectiveness – The computerized traction of the process is combined with the skill of the chiropractic health practitioner in order to make the process effective. The preprogrammed patterns of distraction and relaxation from the system are combined with correct positioning and proper assessment to reduce disc pressure. When this occurs, necessary nutrients are allowed to heal the discs. From one study, in 10 of 14 cases there was a 90% reduction of disc herniations documented by MRI (Shealy, C.N.,Borgmeyer, V., AMJ. Pain Management 1997,7:63-65). Other studies have reported that non-surgical spinal decompression has achieved “good” to “excellent” results in the majority of herniated disc patients. Who Can Benefit? – Back, neck, arm, or leg pain caused by a damaged disc may be improved by non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. Herniated, protruding, or bulging discs may be helped. Spinal stenosis, sciatica, and failed surgery are also causes which may be helped by non-surgical spinal decompression. Patients who are pregnant, have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage should not undergo non-surgical spinal decompression. Supporting Treatments – Other treatments are also used in conjunction with non-surgical spinal decompression. Rehabilitation, chiropractic adjustments, and passive therapies (heat/ice/muscle stimulation) may also be used to assist in the healing process and to reduce inflammation. Your chiropractic health care provider will inform you of any supporting treatments in your treatment plan. Insurance – Most insurance plans cover the expenses for non-surgical spinal decompression. As reimbursement may vary due to the particular insurance plan, you may only need to pay out-of-pocket expenses related to the co-payment. Contact your insurance plan or chiropractic health care office for more information. Further Information – If you are interested in seeing how non-surgical spinal decompression can be effective for you or for a loved one, contact your chiropractic health care provider immediately. Based on the chiropractor’s diagnosis, your chiropractor will be able to see if non-surgical spinal decompression is right for you. You will also be able to see if related treatments should be utilized before moving on to non-surgical spinal decompression. If you have any other questions, your chiropractor is the best way to find answers. Consult with your chiropractor to see how non-surgical spinal decompression can help with your condition.