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Spinal Decompression in Huntersville

Spinal injuries like herniated discs, sciatica and other back & neck conditions can be extremely painful. If the pain becomes debilitating, surgery may seem like the only way out. Thankfully, it’s not!

When cervical spine injuries occur, pain can shoot out into the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers. Tingling sensations or numbness can also exhibit. Similarly, lumbar injuries can cause sciatic pain in the legs and feet.

Medication can give temporary relief, in some cases, but the pain always returns. Using spinal decompression therapy, in addition to chiropractic care, can provide longer lasting relief.

What is Spinal Decompression?

When discs are injured, they can bulge out and put pressure on nearby nerves. Herniated discs can also narrow the vertebral spacing causing nerves to be pinched. Both conditions are extremely painful. Restoring the proper spacing between vertebrae relieves stress on the nerve.

Spinal Decompression releases the tension between the vertebrae using a specially designed traction table. It’s a gentle way to treat debilitating pain caused by cervical and/or lumbar spine injuries.

You might be a candidate for spinal decompression if you have any of these conditions:

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Nerve damage
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Failed back surgery
  • Sciatica
  • Back, neck or arm pain

Adjusting table

What to Expect

Prior to starting, the doctor determines the weight of the machine’s pull. Taking the patient’s physical stature along with severity of their condition into consideration, the traction machine is set. With the patient strapped in position, the traction pulls and releases, creating a pressure change in the disc.

This negative pressure creates a vacuum which can aid the bulges or herniations to be imbibed back into position. Fluids, containing nutrients and oxygen, are naturally drawn back to the disc as well. Promoting healing, they re-hydrate and help regenerate the disc. Once everything has moved back into place, pain is relieved.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Spinal Decompression therapy?

Spinal Decompression therapy is a modern form of traction therapy, using intermittent motorized pulls. A non-surgical treatment for spinal disc injuries, it relieves chronic pain and promotes disc and vertebrae health.

How many treatments will I need?

Everyone reacts and heals differently. You should experience some degree of relief after the first session. Your doctor will determine how many sessions are necessary to effectively treat your condition. Generally, treatments are given 2-3x times per week; 15 minutes per session.

Are the doctors certified in Spinal Decompression?

Dr. Ballas is certified in Kennedy Spinal Decompression Therapy.

Is Spinal Decompression therapy safe? Does it Hurt?

It’s been proven a safe, effective and painless procedure without any of the side effects from surgery and anesthesia. Most patients find it to be comfortable and relaxing; some even fall asleep during treatment.

Spinal Decompression is not recommended if you:

  • Have severe osteoporosis
  • re pregnant
  • Have nerve damage
  • Are severely obese
  • Have surgically implanted plates or screws

Will I need to have other therapy treatments as well?

Many conditions benefit from a balanced treatment plan. Including chiropractic, rehabilitation exercises and muscle stimulation can be part of your care plan.

Book Your Appointment Today

Spinal Decompression therapy can relieve your pain, get your discs back in place and start your healing process. Contact Ballas Chiropractic for your free 15 minute no-obligation consultation and let’s discuss how we can help you achieve better health.


Spinal Decompression Huntersville, Davidson, Cornelius NC | (704) 896-8080