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Spinal Decompression at Olympic Spine & Sports Therapy

Nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy is used to reduce compression and irritation to nerves caused by disc and joint disorders. For many patients it offers a safe, narcotic free, and non-surgical solution to chronic spinal conditions.

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is administered using a sophisticated FDA-cleared machine that gently stretches the spine and decompresses the discs. Unlike traction devices, spinal decompression machines are able to sense your muscles’ resistance to the pulling forces and are able to reduce and then cycle the stretch so that your body does not resist the tension. Amazingly the spinal decompression machine is able to do this with little to no discomfort to the patient. This is because of the machines ability to comfortably remove the pressure on discs so they’re able to heal. A key factor in non-surgical decompression therapy is the slow, controlled stretching. This creates a vacuum that naturally draws bulging disc material back into place, reducing pain and allowing the disc to heal.

Conditions non-surgical spinal decompression has helped:

  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative discs
  • Back or neck pain
  • Failed back surgery
  • Sciatica
  • Stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Arm/leg numbness or pain


Dr. Shelley explains how decompression works to relieve chronic pain.
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Understand Your Options 

Not sure if Spinal Decompression is the right options for you? Compare treatment options to reassure you of your choice.

Understand Your Options 

Not sure if Spinal Decompression is the right options for you? Compare treatment options to reassure you of your choice.

What Causes Disc Problems?

Spinal Decompression Therapy EdmondsAs you may already know, the most likely cause of your pain is nerve pressure caused by bulging or ruptured intervertebral disc tissue. In case you do not know, the intervertebral disc is the cushion-like material that sits in between the vertebrae. The discs in your back keep the bones from rubbing together and give you the necessary flexibility to safely move your back. When the discs are injured or degenerate, lingering pain and impaired movement usually occur.

As you can see in the picture above, the ruptured disc material is pushing against a nerve which in most cases causes a great deal of pain. The critical thing to understand here is that disc tissue is one of the slowest healing tissues in the body and as a result, in most cases, if a disc problem goes untreated it is more likely to get worse, not better.

Due to normal everyday life, a typical disc injury or degenerated disc is constantly aggravated and made worse due to regular movement and the weight of the body pressing downward on the disc. As a result, the disc rarely is able to heal completely on its own. It is lot like what happens if someone breaks their foot and continues to walk on it—it never gets a chance to heal.

If you were to break your foot, you could easily have it put in a cast and stay of it by using crutches. Eventually your foot would heal. Unfortunately it is impossible to stop using your back or neck. Even if you are on bed rest, you are still using your back just by lying on it. Worse yet, you are allowing the back muscles to get weak which makes it easier to re-injure yourself when you finally do get out of bed. In order for your disc to heal optimally, pressure must be taken off of your spine – which is a very difficult thing to achieve considering gravity is constantly putting pressure on your discs every day of your life.

Considering how hard it is to take pressure off a disc to allow it to heal, it is no wonder there are so few effective options in permanently curing back and neck pain.

Are You a Candidate For Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy?

To find out if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression, first, we have to accurately diagnose your condition. This starts with a thorough evaluation of your medical history, and a focused orthopedic, chiropractic, and neurological examination. If additional testing such as x-rays, MRI/CT, or electrical diagnostic evaluation is indicated, they would be ordered. Once all of the necessary information is obtained, the doctor will meet with you to review the findings, diagnosis, and treatment options.

 Within two weeks of treatment, I felt better! 

About a year ago I was having chronic headaches, neck pain, and pain in my right shoulder, the pain was so bad that I was unable to sleep on my back or my right side. One doctor suggested shots to heal my nerve pain. I felt surgery was too invasive; I was at a dead end.

Then, I heard about Olympic Spine and Sports Therapy. Within two weeks of treatment, I felt better! My neck pain was less intense. I had better range of motion, and the radiating pain in my right shoulder was better. The staff at Olympic Spine and Sports Therapy is very friendly, helpful, and everybody is concerned about their patient’s wellbeing and health. I call it the “one-stop shop” that works on the whole body. I’m glad I invested the time and money; the results are worth it!

Fred T.

Olympic Spine & Sports Therapy

(425) 967-6426