Everything you want to know about nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy
Decompression Therapy FAQs and Answers
What happens during a decompression therapy session?
You are completely clothed during your spinal decompression therapy session. Your provider will ask you to lie on your stomach or back on the motorized decompression table. Based upon the area of the spine that is being focused on, your chiropractor will secure your hips, torso, or head using a harness. Then, the length and intensity settings for your specific needs are entered into the decompression machine.
Do you have to be a current chiropractic patient to receive decompression therapy?
No, you do not have to be a current chiropractic patient at Loehr Health Center to receive decompression therapy treatments. Spinal decompression is typically recommended as part of an integrated treatment plan that may include chiropractic or other modalities. If you are NOT a current patient, our team will coordinate your recommended decompression treatment plan with your current chiropractor.
How much is a decompression therapy session?
Loehr Health Center’s clinical team takes a multidisciplinary approach to managing and treating spinal disorders. Decompression therapy is usually part of an individualized treatment plan that includes spinal adjustments with a chiropractor. The cost of nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy per treatment is $40.
Does decompression therapy hurt?
Modern spinal decompression machines look like a medieval torture device called The Rack with a small computer control panel attached. While the machine may look intimidating, it is not like you may be recalling from watching movies.
Spinal decompression should feel like gentle stretching. You may feel sore, similar to how your muscles feel after weight lifting. You may feel your back stretch and pull. You may even feel a pop as the gas between joints in the spinal column is released and decompressed. This is normal.
You should not experience any increase in pain, unbearable pain, or sharp pain during a decompression therapy session. Notify your provider immediately if you feel your pain increases during your decompression treatment. Your muscles should feel like they are gently being pulled on—nothing more than that.
Many patients find decompression therapy to be a successful treatment to helping reduce their chronic pain, correct spinal issues, and prevent back surgery.
Is decompression therapy covered by insurance?
Decompression therapy is not covered by insurance. For many other services at our office, we are in-network with various insurance companies. We will run your insurance benefits prior to your first appointment so that you know what is covered before receiving treatment.
A health savings account (HSA) may be used to pay for lab fees if they are part of medical care, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A patient may also submit a claim to their insurance company for potential partial or full reimbursement of lab work.
We accept Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSAs) to pre-pay these services in advance. We will provide you with all of the required receipts to submit these services. Please note that most HSAs and FSAs will allow you to pre-pay for these services in advance. However, it is the account holder’s responsibility to determine the limitations with their contact person who holds these specific guidelines.
For many other services at our office, we are in-network with various insurance companies. We will run your insurance benefits prior to your first appointment so that you know what is covered before receiving treatment.
How many decompression treatments are required to resolve my condition?
Every patient is unique and how many treatments are needed to reach your treatment plan goals depends on the severity of your condition and pain level. Your doctor may recommend 20 to 28 treatments over the course of several weeks. The treatment may last from 20 to 45 minutes and should be performed in a licensed provider’s office. Your doctor may integrate other types of therapy into your treatment plan including
- Interferential therapy (electrical stimulation): This uses electric current to make the targeted muscles contract and relax.
- Ultrasound therapy: This therapy uses sound waves to generate heat and promote healing using controlled inflammation.
- Heat or cold therapy
- Cold laser therapy: This therapy uses light to help the cells regenerate to create new tissues and help the body heal.
What side effects should I expect after a decompression therapy treatment?
The most reported side effect of decompression therapy is muscle soreness. Your doctor may recommend using a ice pack or heat pad to alleviate the soreness. Nonsurgical spinal decompression is not recommended for individuals that have
- Advanced osteoporosis
- Metal implants in the spine
- A fracture or tumor
- An abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Spinal decompression therapy is also not recommended for individuals who are pregnant.
What is your cancellation policy?
Loehr Health Center is committed to providing all of our patients with exceptional care. When a patient cancels without giving enough notice, they prevent another patient from being seen. Please call us at 417-887-8075, 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment to notify us of any changes or cancellations. If prior notification is not given, you will be charged for the missed appointment.