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Spinal Decompression

Chiropractor & Weight Loss Specialist located in Tempe, AZ

Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression services offered in Tempe, AZ


Spinal decompression provides a quick and noninvasive way to relieve back or neck pain. At Chirowell in Tempe, Arizona, Jae Chang, DC, uses spinal decompression therapy to relieve musculoskeletal discomfort and encourage mobility. A series of treatments can reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and promote recovery after an illness or injury. Call Chirowell today to see if you can benefit from spinal decompression or book online.

Spinal Decompression Q&A

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a noninvasive procedure that uses specialized traction and stretching to relieve pressure in your spine.

The bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your back support your upper body and assist with movement. Unfortunately, the aging process and general wear-and-tear cause changes that increase the risk of pain and mobility issues. 

Spinal decompression provides a quick, lasting, pain-free alternative to surgery and other invasive treatments.

What types of issues can benefit from spinal decompression?

At Chirowell, Dr. Chang uses spinal decompression to treat various musculoskeletal issues, including:

  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging discs
  • Degenerative discs
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica

You might also be a candidate for spinal decompression if you’ve been diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a condition that causes a narrowing of your spinal canal.

What does spinal decompression involve?

Spinal decompression is an outpatient procedure that takes 20-30 minutes.

Before treatment, Dr. Chang fits you with a harness that goes around your waist if it's your back and put you in a neck cradle if it's your neck. After tightening the harness or neck cradle, you may lie face down or up on a computer-controlled table. Then, Dr. Chang directs the table’s movements with a computer console. 

No two spinal decompression treatments are exactly alike. The decompression table allows Dr. Chang to relieve pressure on specific areas of your spine. That relieves pain, reduces inflammation, and encourages your body’s healing process.

How often do I need spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a cumulative therapy, meaning the results improve over time. Therefore, it’s crucial to follow Dr. Chang’s treatment protocol. 

Dr. Chang recommends a series of 20-30 treatments spaced over 5-7 weeks*. At first, you might need spinal decompression 2-3 times a week. As your symptoms improve, Dr. Change adjusts your treatment plan as necessary.

What is recovery like after nonsurgical spinal decompression?

After nonsurgical spinal decompression, you can go about your routine immediately. Some people experience mild soreness or stiffness, but these symptoms may quickly improve within 24 to 48 hours. Dr. Chang recommends drinking plenty of water and doing some simple stretches after each session.

Is nonsurgical spinal decompression safe?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it isn’t for everyone. Let Dr. Chang know if you have osteoporosis or metal implants in your spine. These issues may increase the risk of complications so that Dr. Chang might recommend an alternative therapy.

Call Chirowell to learn more about nonsurgical spinal decompression today, or click the online booking feature.

*Individual results may vary.