Spinal Decompression Therapy

Is Spinal Decompression Therapy Right for You?

Safe, effective, and affordable relief from back or neck pain.

Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical, accurately controlled traction of the spinal vertebrae to relieve pressure on structures that may be causing neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. It relieves the pain associated with herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, facet joint arthritis and nerve pain.

Clinical studies of non-surgical spinal decompression therapy report that a high percentage of patients show significant reduction of pain. Spinal Decompression Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for pain without the risks associated with surgery, anesthesia, infection, injections, or prescription medication.

Spinal Decompression Therapy is indicated for:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc
  • Facet syndrome
  • Neck Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Post-surgical patients
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Low back pain

Prior to beginning treatments, your medical history, x-rays and/or MRI films are carefully reviewed. From this information, an individual treatment plan is created for your specific needs.  It is common to experience a reduction in pain early in your treatments. However, for the best results, it is important to complete your treatment plan for full healing to occur.

During treatment, you may feel some relief of the pressure in the area where your pain exists. During this time, your body is responding by flooding the area with valuable oxygen, blood, and nutrients which help promote the natural healing process.

Your treatment sessions are typically both comfortable and relaxing.

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Spinal Decompression Therapy works by restoring function to an injured disc or spinal joint. This is done by producing a controlled, mechanical traction on the spine using the Spinal Decompression Table. During the pull phase, injured discs are gently stretched apart, producing a suction force inside the disc. This suction draws disc bulges and extrusions/herniations back into the center of the disc along with oxygen, water, nutrients, and other healing substances. The end result is a strong, healthy, properly functioning disc in about 84% of the patients.

Case Study

In the fall of 2008, L.C. had an episode of low back pain that was severe.  L.C. couldn’t stand straight, had little to no strength in his legs and could not lift the toes of his left foot.  L.C. was not responding to chiropractic care so Dr. Shoemaker ordered an MRI.  The MRI showed that L.C. had multiple problems in several areas of his low back.  L.C. consulted with three orthopedic doctors, two neurosurgeons and one neurologist, all highly recommended medical doctors. They all recommended surgery at multiple levels of his spine with a 50% chance of recovery.

This didn’t sit well with L.C. so he sought Spinal Decompression Therapy.  L.C. had Spinal Decompression Therapy 28 times over a two month period. L.C. currently receives Spinal Decompression Therapy one time per month.  L.C. says his back is better than it was prior to the last episode and feels great.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical, comfortable traction therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a suction effect within it.

What can this suction effect do?
The suction effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the suction created within the disc. Also, the suction within the disc stimulates in growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Those suffering from herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, pinched nerves, and arthritis.

Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression is not indicated? Spinal decompression therapy is usually not recommended for pregnant women, or patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage. However, every patient is evaluated on an individual basis.

How often do I take treatment sessions and how long does each session last? Treatments could be 1-3 times per week over a 1-12 week period and each treatment lasts 20 minutes.

Does Dr. Shoemaker prescribe any home therapy?
Yes, Dr. Shoemaker will prescribe nutritional supplements that will speed the healing process.

I have had spinal surgery, but continue to have pain.  Can I try Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal decompression therapy can help many people with back pain after spinal surgery.

How much will this cost? Since not all insurance companies reimburse or cover for this therapy, we are offering you the following opportunity for a cash discount.  We know that you’ll see the benefits that the decompression table offers on a long term basis; therefore we are offering you the following special rates.

  • 10 visits for $430
  • 5 visits for $225, or
  • $50 per visit

How can I be scheduled for Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Call our office at (775) 831-5544 and tell Catrina that you are interested in decompression therapy.


MR, 68 year old female with a L5/S1 disc bulge of four years duration as the result of lifting a heavy box.  At the time of her injury, she was flat on her back for six weeks.  MR had been to medical specialists, chiropractors, physical therapy and acupuncture but she still had low back pain, left foot numbness and couldn’t spread the toes on her left foot.

After her first decompression treatment she had relief from her low back pain.

Her low back pain was gone after her second visit.

After eight visits she could spread her toes apart.  After 12 visits she had reduced numbness in her left foot.

“Because I don’t have low back pain I don’t think about pain anymore and I am more active.”


SD is a 47 year old male with a 25 year history of consistent low back pain due to a body surfing injury.  His low back pain was worse when he would get out of bed.

He had relief from his low back pain after his third decompression treatment.  SD has had twelve decompression treatments in two months and reports a 70% improvement.

“I don’t go to bed at night thinking about how much pain I’ll be in when I wake up in the morning.”


RK is a 70 year old male with low back pain, right hip pain and morning stiffness for the past eight years.  After his third visit, he reported a 25% improvement of his low back pain and significant reduction of his right hip pain.  RK can now tie his shoes in the a.m.  He has stopped taking pain relievers.  RK appreciates greater flexibility and range of motion.

“I have a lot less aches and pains.  And I can get out of bed in the morning and tie my shoes without pain.”


These testimonials are not unusual.  These are patients that I have personally worked with for years.  The decompression table is able to help patients in ways chiropractic wasn’t able to.


  1. I know from personal experience that pinched nerves can be EXTREMELY painful. I started seeing a chiropractor and instantly felt relief. Now I just go for maintenance adjustments and can happily say I’ve never had another pinched nerve.

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