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What is Spinal Decompression?

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a non-invasive treatment for patients who suffer from neck and back problems. A decompression treatment slowly and gently lengthens or releases pressure in the spine through repetitive movements by a customized medical device. The device pulls and releases, creating a pressure change within the intervertebral disc, surrounding soft tissue, and joints. This pressure change allows the disc bulges or herniations and nutrients to be pulled back into the disc. Rehydration of the disc and surrounding tissues creates a physiological change which assists with the body's natural healing process.

How Spinal Decompression Works - A Formula for Relief

Through the stretch and release protocols of the decompression procedure, negative pressure is created in the disc over time. As a result, decompression creates a vacuum that draws herniated disc material, like nutrients, oxygen, and fluids, back into the disc.

When Negative is Positive

By relieving pressure in the spine, increased circulation also occurs in the disc which is a vital aid in the healing process.

The Hill DT Difference

The Hill DT Table is a great asset to spinal decompression treatment. It is a comprehensive program that has sensors built into the table that continually monitor the patient to ensure proper treatment is delivered. Nutrients and oxygen-rich blood are drawn back into the disc. Since these areas of the spine receive low circulation, this is a critical component of decompression.

The 5 Components of a Spinal Decompression Program


  1. Pre-decompression treatment or therapy

    1. Pre-treatment may include laser, acoustic compression therapy, electric stimulation, and hot packs to pre-condition regions to be decompressed.

  2. Hill DT decompression table protocol

    1. Includes treatment with a specific programmed protocol unique to the patient's condition to create a phasic physiological change.

  3. Manual Treatment or Manipulation

    1. Manual spinal adjustment or instrument adjusting techniques are applied to correct mechanical and structural dysfunction.

  4. Nutritional recommendations

    1. Diet counseling and nutritional supplements are provided to support restoration of the disc and decrease inflammation.

  5. Posture rehab & core strengthening

    1. At-home therapeutic exercise or other additional neuromuscular rehab is prescribed to assist with healing and repair.

5 Reasons to Consider Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression


  1. Bulging or herniated discs

  2. Degenerative disc disease

  3. Facet syndrome

  4. Failed back surgery

  5. Ongoing lower back or neck pain that is not responding to traditional spinal treatment by an M.D., D.O, D.C. or P.T.