Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression

My Personal Story
Dr. Darryl Roundy

My interest in non-surgical spinal decompression came about due to a personal crisis with my own spine (2-“severe” lumbar disc herniations/extrusions) after a weight-lifting injury. I was told I would likely need surgery due to the size of the disc extrusions and the fact that I had lost use of my left leg; I had to use crutches to get around, could not lift my foot or toes and had pain shooting all the way down to my toes. I had some of the highest pain levels I’ve ever had and I knew by my second session that I had to learn more about this form of spinal care, as it was the most effective treatment I’ve seen for disc herniations. By my third session, I was done with crutches and stayed the course until I had received 20 sessions and was fully functional.

Initially, due to the severity of my injury, I thought I would no longer be able to ride my dirt-bike, go snowboarding, lift weights, etc., but I’m back doing all of it. In fact, I regularly lift heavy weights (squats and deadlifts to name a few) and do anything I did previously with no discomfort whatsoever.

Having performed several thousand decompressions on patients over the years, we’re now able to quickly determine who is a good candidate and what it will work best on. We’ve had great success with arthritis, non-specific spinal pain, failed spinal surgery, disc bulges, disc herniations, disc extrusions, spondylolisthesis, atypical migraines and injuries from car accidents.

Spinal Decompression

The Equipment

There are many decompression equipment manufacturers out there, but upon doing my own research on the differences, Hill DT stood out as the best possible decompression table on the market for several reasons:

  • Can better isolate the exact level of disc/joint injury, thereby precisely directing the de-compressive forces for faster results.
  • Uses roughly 50% of the force during decompression, when compared to other tables, so the treatment is much more comfortable; most people fall asleep during the treatment.
  • Every 2-milliseconds, the table measures muscle resistance and/or spasm and will back off the de-compressive force within 0.33-milliseconds so the disc stays in a negative pressure zone (vacuum) for the full treatment session.
Girl on Spinal Decompression Table
What is Decompression?
What is Spinal Decompression

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and lower back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply de-compressive forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. Decompression is offset by cycles of partial relaxation. Decompression has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that are targeted. This “vacuum effect” is also known as negative intra-discal pressure.

The negative pressure may induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over four to eight weeks, the results are quite dramatic.

The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation, over a series of visits, promote the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.

What can be expected

For the low back, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back on the decompression table, with a set of gel-padded restraints snug around the waist and straps set around the lower chest. For the neck, the patient lies comfortably on his/her back with a set of padded restraints behind the neck. Many patients enjoy the treatment, as it is usually quite comfortable and well tolerated.

Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndromes. Proper patient screening is imperative and only the best candidates are accepted for care.

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