Decompression is a new, non-invasive therapy that can help to significantly relieve chronic lower back pain or neck pain. Decompression is FDA cleared [510(k) submission, class II, physical medicine, power traction device]. Decompression represents a significant advance over older cable winch traction therapies because it is computerized and has an actuator, uses alternate high and low tensions, helps maintain a lordosis during therapy, and has a variable angle intended to target the specific injured level of the spine. This has been shown to create a negative pressure inside the disc, encouraging the disc to absorb water, oxygen and nutrients, reducing bulging or herniation and increasing disc height. The average number of treatments is 20-30 over the course of 4-8 weeks, and each treatment takes about a half hour, but everyone is different, so it is best to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate. Clinical studies have found a high success rate and there is generally no pain or discomfort during treatment. The therapy is so relaxing that many patients fall asleep on the table. Decompression Therapy at our office is performed using a Disc Force™ unit, which combines IDD Therapy® Treatment and patented oscillation with chiropractic principles. The Disc Force device is used at the outpatient clinic at Parker University, College of Chiropractic, where Dr. Amanda Cwikla D.C., M.S. completed postgraduate training – Parker was the first accredited college to offer a decompression certificate program. Disc Force targets the specific, damaged level of your spine and promotes the re-hydration and healing of the intervertebral discs. In other words: You lay on the device and it applies a slow and gentle pressure to the specific area of your spine affected, taking pressure off compressed discs and freeing up pinched or irritated nerves. Decompression can help alleviate: facet syndrome, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, disc bulges, disc herniations, chronic lower back or neck pain, and some cases of post-surgical pain. You will need to be evaluated to determine if this therapy is an option for your condition, as not all patients are candidates for this therapy. The doctor will perform an evaluation, will answer all your questions and review treatment options that can help your condition. Cost varies, depending on your specific needs. Please bring any imaging reports or CD/DVD/film (X-rays, CT, or MRI) that you may have to your appointment, along with any insurance information. How much of your care will be covered by depends on the help you need and the type of insurance you have. Decompression Therapy treatment plans also include exercise rehabilitation to strengthen core muscles and improve spinal stability.