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SpineMED® Decompression

human spineIf you’re experiencing disc-related pain and don’t want to resort to invasive and risky surgery, we are offering FDA-cleared SpineMED decompression. This therapy represents an exciting advancement in the treatment of intervertebral disc disease.

Conditions It Can Help

Here are some of the common conditions that SpineMED can address:

  • Degenerated discs
  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Sciatica
  • Facet syndrome
  • Radiculopathy or nerve pain in the arms or legs

Spinal Intervertebral Disc Disease as a result of Intervertebral Disc Compression

There are many reasons why people experience spinal Intervertebral Disc Disease. The mechanisms of injury usually involve trauma. Typically, when a person is bent forward, turned and under a load. An obvious example of this would building a stone wall. Lifting heavy stones while bent forward and twisting to place them upon the wall. A not so obvious example could be sitting at a desk for 10-12 hours with limited breaks bent forward and twisting side to side to view and review work. The results of direct trauma in brief period or microtrauma due to compression occurring over months and years are similar; compression of the Intervertebral disc leading to disc dehydration and malnutrition, disruption of the fibers of the layers that make up the Intervertebral disc, excessive weight bearing on the boney structures leading to arthritic changes and finally disruption of the ring like layers of fibers that make up Interverbal disc leading to tears, bulges and even complete tears of the outer layers called Herniation. Each stage of Intervertebral Disc Disease presents with its own symptoms ranging from morning stiffness, loss of range of motion, pain and in the extreme loss of the ability to feel body sensations, use muscles and even experience difficulties with normal bowel and bladder function.

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

The normal pressure in the Intervertebral disc is approximately + 75 mmHg; similar and slightly lower to the bottom number of normal blood pressure 120/80 mmHg. During rest the disc pressure can drop to + 70 mmHg and allowing nutrients and water from the blood supply from arteries in the outer layers of the disc as well as from the bone above and below the disc to flow to the disc rehydrating and nourishing it. However, in the presence of spinal compression the disc pressure can be higher than normal blocking this crucial healing process to occur.
SpineMED is a direct capture machine, there are no vests, harnesses, ropes or pulleys used. The machine has a table that features a headpiece for traction the neck and a low back piece for traction of low back. In the area of treatment, the device gently connects you directly to the table allowing the use of markedly less traction tension creating a safer and comfortable experience.


It takes less than two minutes to place you on the table and adjust the direct capture restraints. The doctor reviews your progress, makes notes and sets the tension. First, you will experience a gentle ramping-up period of 2-3 minutes. Then there’s a 60-second period where the desired traction tension is applied followed by a 30-second period where the disc pressure is being released but not back to 0 lbs. Often times the patient is unable to sense that motion is occurring and the monitor is useful so that the patient can see the phases of tension and relaxation. Throughout the treatment session the body ceases its protective spasms and guarding and the body experiences a deep sense of spinal relaxation, allowing the state of significantly lowered disc pressure called the “state of decompression” to occur. Disc pressures during the state of decompression have been measured as low as — 150 mmHG allowing for water and nutrients to flow from the blood supply in, above and below to the disc helping the body to once again heal and maintain this area.

We provide two phases of care at our practice. There’s an acute initial phase of treatment. During the first 30 days, this is when a majority of the healing takes place. We recommend that patients avoid long periods of sitting and engaging in athletic activity during this time. From his personal experience, Dr. Chiungos recommends that patients continue coming in for a second phase: maintenance to facilitate healing over a longer period by continuing to remove disc compression that life activities brings.

How long does each session take?

Typically, the treatments last for 30 minutes.

Can anyone receive this therapy?

No, patients need to be 12 years of age or older. There also are some contraindications. If you had spinal surgery that involved clips, mesh or fusion you can’t have this therapy. If you have fractures, tumors or infections you wouldn’t be a candidate for decompression.

Those with osteoporosis or spondylolisthesis where there’s been a fracture or non-union defect in the spine where that segment that we want to traction is unstable, you can’t have decompression.


How many sessions will I need?

It may take 15 to 25 sessions or more to see some relief from your discomfort. That’s variable based on the condition, the status of the patient and the condition we’re treating.


Do you combine spinal decompression with other therapies?

Yes. If a person has a disc bulge with pain radiating down the leg and loss of strength in the foot, this is where a laser penetrates deeply into that disc and creates muscular relaxation and healing effects. HakoMed can be used to decrease the symtoms of leg pain while helping to stimulate nerve metabolism and regeneration.


Is spinal decompression painful?

No, not at all. In fact, many patients report that the therapy is very comfortable.


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