Types of treatment

Spinal decompression theraphy

Spinal decompression - treatment room

Spinal Decompression is the NEW treatment for your pain, numbness and tingling!

We offer the latest cutting edge technology in the non-surgical treatment of serious lower back pain, neck pain, arm and leg pain, tingling and numbness. Our commitment to offering the highest quality of care resulted in the addition of the FDA (USA) cleared Spinal Decompression technology for the treatment of: 


  • Herniated Disc
  • Bulging Disc
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Peripheral Neuropathy-Numbness and tingling
  • Sciatica (leg pain)
  • Arm and Leg pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
  • Spinal Stenosis


In the past, a patient suffering from disc problems was usually given pain medications, instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred for physical therapy, and when they weren’t progressing they were sent for spinal surgery. Conservative chiropractic care proved very helpful in many cases, yet there have been some cases when surgery seemed to be the only other option… until now.


Today, you don’t have to live with that prognosis anymore. Thanks to the concerted efforts of a team of top physicians and medical engineers, Spinal Decompression Therapy was developed to effectively treat lower back pain and sciatica resulting from herniated or degenerated discs. Spinal Decompression Therapy not only significantly reduces back and neck pain in many patients, but also enables the majority of patients to return to more active lifestyles.

Does Spinal Decompression Therapy really work?

A study, authored by Dr. John Leslie of The Mayo Clinic, was designed to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the Spinal Decompression in the treatment of chronic lower back pain. Patients enrolled in the study had suffered an overall average of ten years of chronic back pain. After two weeks of treatments there was a 50% reduction in pain scores and upon completion of the entire six week protocol an amazing success rate of 88.9% was documented.


Spinal Decompression - Effect

Spinal decompression table

How does Spinal Decompression work?

Spinal Decompression uses state of the art technology to apply a distraction force to relieve nerve compression often associated with back and neck pain or numbness and tingling in the extremities.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression, not to be confused with linear traction, slowly lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressures within the discs. This reversal of pressure creates an intradiscal vacuum that helps to reposition bulging discs and pull extruded disc material back into place, taking pressure off pinched nerves. Spinal experts believe that nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn into the disc to create a revitalized environment conducive to healing.

What are the treatments like?

At the beginning of each session, you will be comfortably fitted with a harness designed to achieve optimal decompression of the low back or neck. During a session of spinal decompression, you will notice a slow lengthening of your spine as your discs are gradually decompressed and the spinal nerves relieved of pressure. The treatment process is safe and relaxing. While some patients with extensively injured discs have reported mild discomfort during the first few treatment sessions, their discomfort subsides upon subsequent visits. A patient safety switch provides an extra safety feature, allowing you to stop at any point should you feel discomfort. Each treatment session lasts approximately 15 to 30 minutes. Individual patient results may vary.

Spinal Decompression
Spinal decompression treament

What is the typical treatment protocol?

A typical spinal decompression treatment protocol consists of about 16-24 sessions over six to eight weeks. Some conditions require fewer visits; some require more. Many patients report relief from their pain and other symptoms during the first few treatment sessions and most experience dramatic reduction in symptoms after completion of their prescribed treatment program.

Why Is Spinal Decompression different from traction?

While traction, physical therapy, and manipulation may reduce disc pressures to as low as 40 mm Hg, only spinal decompression has been shown to achieve negative pressures within the spine. It has been clinically proven that spinal decompression creates negative pressures as low as -110 mm Hg within the injured disc during the treatment session. Normally, pulls exerted on the spine trigger sensory receptors in the back to tighten the muscles surrounding the vertebrae and discs in an effort to protect them from injury, a mechanism in the body known as the proprioceptor response. Spinal Decompression bypasses this response by slowly pulling on the spine and relaxing the back or neck over an extended period of time, allowing the spine to be repositioned without tension and without setting off the “Lock down” proprioceptor response.

Spinal decompression traction

Ergowave Intersegmental Traction Table

Experience the unique effect of the ErgoWave Intersegmental Traction Table. Feel the deep relaxation of the wave action and how every 13 seconds three independent rollers move up your spine. With this table, all areas of the spine are covered and the lumbar, thoracic and cervical areas are isolated.

Ergowave Intersegmental Traction Table

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First American Chiro
Bodie R. Dorrance, B.Sc., D.C.

Am Michaelshof 4a
53177 Bonn-Bad Godesberg