Spinal decompression is the relief of pressure on one or many pinched nerves of the spinal column. Spinal decompression is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain such as disc bulge, disc herniation, sciatica and degenerative spondylolisthesis.


Nonsurgical spinal decompression is an advanced type of motorized traction that helps relieve back and neck pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine changing the force and position of the spine. This change takes pressure off the spinal disks, which are gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine, by creating negative pressure in the disc. As a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine. This in turn, helps promote movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into the disks so they can heal.

At Guelph Rehab Centre, our professionals have incorporated non-surgical spinal decompression to assist in the treatment of :

  • Back or neck pain or sciatica patterned pain
  • Bulging or herniated discs or degenerative disc disease
  • Worn spinal joints (called posterior facet syndrome)
  • Injured or diseased spinal nerve roots


You are fully clothed during spinal decompression therapy. To treat your lower spine, the therapist fits you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk. You either lie face down or face up on a high-tech computer-controlled table. The pelvic harness is attached to the computerized motor. The therapist operates the computer, customizing treatment to your specific needs. For example, angle of pull, force of pull and condition being treated would be entered into the computer before beginning traction. For the neck, you are lying on your back with your head gently secured to a special harness.

This procedure is usually accompanied by specific therapeutic exercises, manual soft tissue treatment and sometimes other modalities to ensure best results.

Treatment may last up to 20-30 mins.

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