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You've probably seen the newspaper ads that "hype" Spinal Decompression Therapy telling you to call some unknown doctor's office in order to receive a free report in the mail. We do not believe anyone should have to do that!

Our website will give you the complete facts about Spinal Decompression Therapy including clinic trials that support its effectiveness.

We do that so you will be better able to make an informed decision about what you should do for your condition.

If you need any additional information, please call our office at 540-483-3678 and ask to speak to a doctor. That's right, we'll talk to you personally in order to help you make the right decision.


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  • Spinal decompression therapy is FDA cleared and has a high success rate for pain associated with herniated or bulging discs...even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction based therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.

How does this negative pressure affect an injured disc?

During spinal decompression therapy, a negative pressure is created within the disc. Because of that negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be pulled back within the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing to occur.

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After a significant amount of research, our office chose the Triton® DTS system manufactured by the Chattanooga Group, one of the premier manufacturers of physical medicine equipment. More importantly, we have the brand new 2006 computerized head which is one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced units in the world.

In fact, the new 2006 Triton® head is so revolutionary that it won the 2006 Australian Design Award in the "Medical and Scientific" category. We also selected the Triton® DTS systems due to their ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back.

How is Spinal Decompression Therapy different from regular traction?

  • The award winning Triton® computer is the key. It controls the variations in the traction pull allowing for spinal decompression and eliminating muscle guarding that is typical in conventional traction devices. The preprogrammed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows for higher levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration.

Who can benefit from Spinal Decompression Therapy?

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  • Anyone who has back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped by spinal decompression therapy. These conditions include herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).

Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal Decompression Therapy?

  • Yes! One study, documented by MRI, up to a 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14 cases. Other studies reported that the majority of ruptured disc patients achieved "good" to "excellent" results after spinal decompression therapy.

Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression Therapy is not indicated?

  • Spinal decompression therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, patients who have severe osteoporosis, severe obesity or severe nerve damage.

  • Spinal surgery with instrumentation (screws, metal plates or “cages”) is also contraindicated. However, spinal decompression therapy after bone fusion or non-fusion surgery, can be performed.

Are the sessions painful, how many will be needed and what is the cost?

  • In almost all cases, the treatments are completely painless. In fact, some patients fall asleep during the spinal decompression session.

  • The specific treatment plan will be determined by the doctor after your examination. Based on current research, the best results have been achieved utilizing 20 sessions over a 6 to 8 week period.

Based on that most common protocol, the total cost of the spinal decompression sessions would only be a small fraction of the cost of spinal surgery without all the pain and risky procedures

We also offer CareCredit that will allow you to finance the entire cost and make 12 monthly payments with no interest. Or if you need more time, you can set up an extended repayment for up to 60 months. To apply for financing online and get instant approval in advance, just go to

Do most patients receive therapy and rehabilitative exercises in addition to Spinal Decompression Therapy?

  • To reduce inflammation and assist the healing process, supporting structures are some times treated with passive therapies (ice/heat/muscle stimulation), chiropractic adjustments (as indicated) and/or active rehabilitation in order to strengthen the spinal musculature.

How do I get started?

  • We want to make it easy for you to learn if you are a candidate for spinal decompression therapy. Just print out any part of this webpage and bring it on your first visit and you will receive our special decompression evaluation which includes- consultation, history, and screening examination with up to 2 X-Rays...for the internet special low price of $29.95 (normally a $100-$150 value). After our special decompression evaluation we will tell you whether you are a candidate for CoreCare DTS spinal decompression therapy.

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