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What to Expect During a Spinal Decompression Therapy Session at Trinity Chiropractic

by | May 20, 2024

At Trinity Chiropractic in Glendale, Arizona, we understand that trying any new treatment can be daunting, especially when it involves conditions as sensitive as those affecting your spine. To ease any concerns, we want to give you a clear picture of what to expect during a spinal decompression therapy session. This treatment is designed to relieve pain and promote healing for a variety of back conditions in a non-invasive, gentle manner.

Step-by-Step Through a Spinal Decompression Therapy Session

  1. Initial Consultation and Evaluation

Before beginning treatment, you’ll undergo a thorough consultation and evaluation, including a review of your medical history and possibly x-rays or MRI studies to ensure that spinal decompression therapy is suitable for your condition. This initial assessment is crucial for customizing your treatment plan to maximize the therapy’s effectiveness.

  1. Preparing for the Session

On the day of your session, it’s recommended that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Avoid wearing a belt or any bulky items in your pockets. When you arrive, our team will help you get positioned on the decompression table. You’ll lie on your back, and a padded harness will be comfortably fitted around your trunk and pelvis.

  1. The Decompression Process

Once you are secured, the lower part of the table will begin to move slowly back and forth, controlled by a computer based on the precise parameters set by your chiropractor. This movement gently stretches and relaxes your spine in a controlled manner. The goal is to create negative pressure within your disc spaces, which can help retract bulging or herniated discs and take pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine.

  1. Monitoring Your Comfort

Throughout the session, your comfort and safety are our top priorities. You will remain awake and alert, and many patients find the experience quite relaxing. You should feel a gradual stretching of your lower back but no pain. If you experience any discomfort, a technician or chiropractor will be on hand to adjust the settings or stop the machine.

  1. Duration of the Therapy

A typical spinal decompression session at Trinity Chiropractic lasts approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Depending on your specific condition and response to the therapy, you may need multiple sessions over several weeks. The exact number of sessions will depend on your individual treatment plan.

  1. Post-Session Care

After the session, you may experience mild soreness or stretching sensations in your spinal muscles, similar to what you might feel after starting a new exercise regimen. This is normal and typically subsides within a short time. We may recommend icing the area if needed and will provide you with instructions on any activities to avoid between sessions to maximize your healing.

  1. Ongoing Assessment

Your progress will be continually evaluated throughout your treatment course. Adjustments to your treatment plan, including the duration and frequency of sessions, will be made as needed based on your response to the therapy.

Curious How Decompression Therapy Can Help You?

Spinal decompression therapy at Trinity Chiropractic is a safe, effective, and non-surgical way to address various spine-related conditions. Our goal is to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life through personalized care. If you’re suffering from back pain and looking for a non-invasive treatment option, spinal decompression might be the right choice for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you return to a more active, pain-free life.


Dr. David Iszler

Dr. David Iszler graduated Summa Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa in 1994. Dr. Iszler practiced in Casper, Wyoming for 24 years before selling his practice to move to Arizona. He now practices in Glendale, where he is blessed to serve families in the Northwest Valley. He and his wife, Sheryl, are also sought-after wellness speakers, sharing health and wellness advice with businesses and organizations in his community.