Spinal Decompression FAQs

Spinal Decompression Could Be Just the Pain Relief Treatment You Need!

Spinal decompression is a specialized chiropractic technique for achieving effective pain relief treatment without surgery and without potentially addictive medication. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about spinal decompression from your chiropractors at Long Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, PLLC, serving Smithtown and West Islip, NY.

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What is spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression relieves pressure on spinal discs. The discs are the “shock absorbers” of fluid-filled collagen between the vertebrae of your spine. When a disc herniates, it can cause the bones above or below it to fall out of alignment. Spinal decompression gently moves the vertebrae surrounding the disc so it can assume its proper position.

What kinds of conditions are treated with spinal decompression therapy?

Chiropractic spinal decompression therapy is used to treat conditions that are commonly said to be due to a “pinched nerve.” This technique is used to treat sciatica, the neck and back pain caused by whiplash, and sometimes numbness, tingling, or headaches, among many other conditions.

What happens during spinal decompression therapy?

Your spinal decompression therapy can be manual or computer-assisted. In manual spinal decompression therapy, your chiropractor makes quick movements that create an area of lower pressure between misaligned vertebrae to pull a disc back into place. Or your chiropractor may use a motorized harness system controlled with the help of a computer to apply just the right pressure for maximum pain relief as the system realigns your spine.

Will it hurt?

You will feel a stretch in your spine. It's very rare for a patient to feel pain during spinal decompression therapy.

Will I need more than one spinal decompression treatment?

It isn’t enough just to take pressure off the disc, and it isn’t enough just to get the spine back into line. Until your body has an opportunity to restore the fluids inside the disc and to remove and replace damage to the outer layer of the disc, you will be prone to spinal problems. You almost certainly will need some scheduled follow-up treatment to complete the process of getting well. You may also need other kinds of treatment, such as ultrasound for pain relief or therapeutic massage to loosen the muscles around your spine in order to heal completely.

Are there any people who shouldn’t have spinal decompression treatments?

Your doctors at Long Island Chiropractic & Physical Therapy, PLLC will make sure that you are an appropriate candidate for spinal decompression before beginning treatment. This technique is appropriate for most people except women who are pregnant, people with severe nerve damage, and both women and men who have severe osteoporosis.

What do I need to do to start chiropractic spinal decompression therapy?

Request an appointment online or call us today! Call 631-724-1991 for appointments at our office at 20 Gilbert Avenue, Smithtown, NY 11787, or call us at 631-661-1400 for appointments at our office at 786 Montauk Highway, West Islip, NY 11795 today!

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Smithtown Office
20 Gilbert Ave Smithtown, NY 11787

West Islip Office
786 Montauk Highway West Islip, NY 11795

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Smithtown Office

Monday:

9:00 am-12:30 pm

3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

Closed

Wednesday:

8:00 am-12:30 pm

3:00 pm-6:30 pm

Thursday:

3:00 pm-6:30 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-12:30 pm

Saturday:

8:30 am-11:30 am

Sunday:

Closed

West Islip Office

Monday:

8:00 am-1:00 pm

3:00 pm-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:30 am-2:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:30 am-1:00 pm

3:00 pm-7:00 pm

Thursday:

Closed

Friday:

8:00 am-1:00 pm

3:00 pm-6:00 pm

Saturday:

Emergency

Sunday:

Closed

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