Various factors can cause constant and continuous backaches. These factors include aging, busy and demanding activities, poor posture, etc. This pain often affects and disrupts your everyday life and poses serious threats to your general health. 

Different measures are used to treat severe back aches and pains in the axial skeleton. These measures range from surgical to non-surgical procedures. Surgical procedures are used for more advanced cases where surgery is needed to correct and address the cause of back aches or pain along with the axial skeleton. In contrast, a non-surgical procedure involves using non-invasive measures to address and correct the cause of pain in the axial skeleton.

One of the many non-surgical procedures is non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. This article will highlight all you need to know about non-surgical spinal decompression therapy. So, please ensure to read to the end of the article for more eye-opening information, especially if you are interested in learning everything about this decompression therapy. 

What is A Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy?

This non-invasive treatment uses manual therapeutic traction on spinal vertebral joints to address and treat chronic backaches and other musculoskeletal disorders. This treatment considers specific factors like age, medical history, and more.

Some Causes of Chronic Backaches

The primary predominant cause is aging; as your age, your bones also age. The aging in bones is seen through deterioration in the bone and spinal joints resulting in wear and tear. This wear and tear causes backache. Another cause is the kind of activities we engage in. Specific activities exert much unnecessary pressure on the spine, resulting in herniation, stenosis, nerve compression, and arthritis.

How Does Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?

A chiropractor performs this therapy as the patient is required to lie in a chiropractic decompression table . The chiropractor uses suction force to stretch the spinal vertebral joints without causing any traction on the spinal nerve and muscles. This therapy is of two types; manual and automated spinal decompression therapy.

For the manual, the chiropractor manually identifies the area of excess tension along your spinal vertebrae and uses manually generated suction to stretch and relax the tensed area along the spine. Hence, addressing the cause of backache and discomfort. The chiropractor uses electric chiropractic table  for automated decompression therapy to achieve similar results.

How Long Does Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy Last?

The duration of this therapy is dependent on the severity of the case being treated. However, a chiropractor might need between 29-28 sessions to get desired results as these sessions can span over 5-8weeks.

Who is An Ideal Candidate for Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Although this procedure is known to produce excellent results when treating backaches, some individuals should not consider undergoing this kind of therapy as it may prove risky to their health. This set of individuals includes pregnant women, patients with fractured spinal vertebrae, patients with vitamin D deficiency, and individuals with a history of tumors in their pelvic, abdominal, or lumbar regions.


Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is one of the methods of treating chronic cases of backache, provided you are not in the category highlighted above. This procedure is known to produce immediate results and improve your everyday living. This article has discussed everything you should know about the therapy. 

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