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Spinal Decompression Therapy: Is It Right for Me?

Chronic back pain can make even the simplest of tasks incredibly difficult and get in your way of resting comfortably at night. The good news is that there are ways of addressing back pain that do not involve needles or surgery.

At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine of New Jersey, we successfully use spinal decompression therapy to help patients get relief from many types of back pain. This blog post will tell you more about the procedure and help you decide if it is a treatment you can explore.


What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-invasive clinical intervention for back pain that was introduced by Dr. Allan Dyer in 1991. His Vax-D decompression table remains in use today, and it’s what we have in our offices at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine. The idea behind spinal decompression therapy is to relieve pressure on the joints of the spine and the nerves located in the spinal column.

What Happens During Spinal Decompression?

During a spinal decompression treatment, the patient reclines comfortably on the Vax-D table either face up or down, depending on the condition being treated. He or she holds onto hand grips and is fitted with a pelvic harness. When the therapy begins, the practitioner slowly begins to spread the table apart, causing gentle stretching of the spine. Patients typically do not feel any pain during the procedure, and a typical treatment session last 20 to 45 minutes.

How Spinal Decompression Treatment Works

As the spine is stretched during a decompression treatment, pressure on the discs is alleviated. This helps to alleviate pain and promotes the absorption of fluid and nutrients to assist with healing. Bulging disc material that has been forced out by pressure can slip back into place, and the stretching also increases the space between the discs to take pressure off of pinched nerves.

Benefits of Spinal Decompression

There are a number of benefits to spinal decompression therapy. The treatment is:

– Pain Free. Most people do not feel any discomfort during the procedure. In fact, some enjoy the stretching sensation and find the therapy to be relaxing.

– Low Risk of Side Effects. There is no risk of serious side effects with spinal decompression therapy. Occasionally, people may experience short-lived back spasms after a treatment.

– Fast-Acting. Patients may feel markedly better after just one spinal decompression treatment.

– Convenient. A spinal decompression therapy session takes less than an hour. You’ll remain fully clothed during the treatment and can usually return to work afterward.

Who Can Benefit from the Treatment?

At NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine, we have successfully used spinal decompression therapy to lessen or eliminate back pain caused by:

– Bulging discs

– Herniated discs

– Sciatica

– Spinal stenosis

To find out more about Spinal Decompression Therapy and find out if it could help you to alleviate pain, schedule an appointment for a consultation at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine. You can request an appointment at one of our five New Jersey locations online or call us to schedule.




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  • Aberdeen

    557 South Atlantic Ave.
    Aberdeen, NJ 07747

  • Barnegat

    175 Gunning River Rd.
    Barnegat, NJ 08005

  • Jackson

    728 Bennetts Mills Rd.
    Jackson, NJ 08527

  • Freehold

    501 Iron Bridge Rd, Suite 2
    Freehold, NJ 07728

  • Manchester

    60 Lacey Rd.
    Manchester, NJ 08759

  • Point Pleasant

    1104 Arnold Ave.
    Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

  • Neptune

    4057 Asbury Ave.
    Neptune, NJ 07753

  • Surgery Center

    475 Route 70
    Lakewood, NJ 08701

  • Toms River

    367 Lakehurst Rd.
    Toms River, NJ 08755

  • Lincroft

    5 Swimming River Road
    Lincroft, NJ 07738

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If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, physical therapy, and orthopedic surgery, look no further than NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine.

We have eight offices and one ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located in and around Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ, and we have many patients that visit us from the following towns:

  • Jackson, NJ
  • Point Pleasant, NJ
  • Barnegat, NJ
  • Brick, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • Manchester, NJ
  • Aberdeen, NJ
  • Marlboro, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Monroe, NJ
  • Glassboro, NJ
  • Any many others

Since the beginning, our doctors and staff have been committed to treating patients who suffer from several different types of painful spine, joint, and orthopedic conditions. Furthermore, our goal is not only to reduce pain through physical rehabilitation, therapy, or any of our procedures and treatment options, but to help all of our patients have their functionality and quality of life restored.

Doctors with Superior Medical Knowledge and Compassion

One of the many benefits of choosing NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is that we only use the most innovative and modern treatment options and procedures. Furthermore, every service and treatment option we offer is available at each of our nine offices. Therefore, you should expect to receive the treatment you need whether you visit our office in Jackson, NJ, Point Pleasant, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, Manchester, NJ, Aberdeen, NJ or Tinton Falls, NJ. Furthermore, when patients come to one of our offices, they are always greeted with smiles and treated with kindness.

Every member of a team is respectful and empathetic, and will go to great lengths to ensure your pain management needs are addressed. Another reason to choose our medical practice is because our team makes it one of their highest priorities to stay at the forefront of medical research so that they’re offering the best care possible. Lastly, our physicians and staff also make certain that patients have the knowledge they need to help them live pain-free lives.

Comprehensive and Customized Care Provided by NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine

While some patients may only require one service and/or treatment option and procedure, others may require customized care plans to help them get back on their feet. After your initial evaluation, your physician will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that they feel will offer you with the pain relief you want. In fact, you should not only expect to be recommended with a treatment plan that will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pain, but one that will aid in increasing your activity level, and reducing the amount of pain medicine you take. In the end, you will be provided with a comprehensive and customized care plan that will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Even though pain is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn’t mean you must suffer from it all throughout your lifetime. To learn more the doctors and staff at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, our pain treatment options and procedures, and our locations in and around Ocean County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ, please browse our site. To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to do so online, or give one of the offices closest to your home in Brick, NJ, Lakewood, NJ, Marlboro, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ, or another area a call today.