Decompression Therapy

Kotila Chiropractic

Gary Kotila, BA, DC

Chiropractor located in Brandon, FL

If you regularly experience low back pain, or you’re living with bulging disc degeneration, decompression therapy provides a safe, non-invasive treatment method to limit discomfort and improve mobility. At Kotila Chiropractic in Brandon, Florida, Gary Kotila, BA, DC, uses decompression therapy to assist adult patients in their recovery. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Decompression Therapy Q & A

What is decompression therapy?

Decompression therapy is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment that uses motorized traction to relieve back pain. This type of treatment uses a specialized machine to gently stretch and reposition your spine. Ultimately, this takes the pressure off your spinal discs, relieving pain and inflammation.

Additionally, decompression therapy allows bulging or herniated discs to retract. This takes the pressure off the nerves and other structures in your spine, encouraging better circulation. Improved circulation promotes the movement of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids into your discs, complementing your body’s natural healing process.   

What conditions can decompression therapy treat?

Dr. Kotila uses spinal decompression therapy to treat several common musculoskeletal problems, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Worn spinal joints

You might also benefit from decompression therapy if you have injured or diseased spinal nerve roots. 

What happens during a decompression therapy appointment?

Dr. Kotila conducts spinal decompression therapy on-site in his comfortable, welcoming office. Before treatment begins, he secures two harnesses around your body, one around your pelvis and the other around your torso. Next, you lie face down or face up on a computer-controlled table.

Dr. Kotila sits at a computer monitor and customizes treatment to your individual needs. Each decompression therapy session lasts 30-45 minutes. You participate in multiple appointments over the course of five to seven weeks. 

Am I a good candidate for decompression therapy?

Only a qualified medical professional like Dr. Kotila can determine if you’re a good candidate for decompression therapy. Before making any recommendations, he reviews your medical history, conducts a physical exam, and asks about your lifestyle and symptoms. 

Decompression therapy is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it isn’t for everyone. If you’re pregnant, have a tumor, spinal fracture, or advanced osteoporosis, Dr. Kotila can recommend another type of treatment.

How long does it take for decompression therapy to work?

The length of time that it takes for spinal decompression therapy to work depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. To achieve the best results, Dr. Kotila usually recommends a series of 20-28 treatments spaced a week or two apart.

Make sure to attend all of your follow-up appointments and follow Dr. Kotila’s recovery instructions carefully. The more committed you are to treatment, the more likely you are to experience long-lasting results.

To explore decompression therapy as a treatment option, schedule an appointment at Kotila Chiropractic. Call the office and speak with a staff member or book a consultation online today.