What is Spinal Decompression?
Spinal decompression therapy is FDA classified and has been clinically tested for pain associated with
herniated or bulging discs...even after failed surgery. It is a non-surgical, traction 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.
What is the benefit of this vacuum effect?
The vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has
protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by
the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates growth of blood supply,
secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the
Which system are you using for Spinal Decompression?
After a significant amount of research, First Merritt Chiropractic/Acupuncture., P.A. chose the Triton
DTS system manufactured by the Chattanooga Group, the premier manufacturer of physical medicine
equipment. With its unparalleled design, proven history and the Chattanooga Group behind it, the
Triton DTS system is the gold standard in decompressive traction therapy. We also selected this
system due to its ability to treat discs in both the neck and the low back, as well as carpal tunnel
How does Spinal Decompression differ from conventional traction?
The Triton DTS 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
pre-programmed patterns for ramping up and down the amount of axial distraction allows for higher
levels of spinal decompression and disc rehydration. This, combined with adjusting the angle of the
pull allows for more specific targeting of the desired spinal level.
Are there medical studies that document the effectiveness of Spinal
Most certainly! One study documented by MRI up to 90% reduction of disc herniations in 10 of 14
cases! Another study reported that 86% of ruptured disc patients achieved "good" (50-89%
improvement) to "excellent" (90-100% improvement) results after spinal decompression therapy! In fact,
the research to date is so exciting that we have included the studies on our website. Just CLICK HERE
if you would like to review all of the available studies that we have for yourself.
Which conditions can be treated by Spinal Decompression?
Arm Pain, Back Pain, Bulging Disc, Degenerative Disc Diseases, Facet Syndrome, Herniated Disc, Leg
Pain, Neck Pain, Prolapsed Disc, Sciatica & Spinal Stenosis.
Are there conditions where Spinal Decompression is contraindicated?
Spinal decompression therapy is usually 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 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. However, based on
CURRENT RESEARCH, the best results have been achieved utilizing 20 sessions over a 4 to 6 week