Spinal Decompression

Columbia Integrated Health Centre is pleased to provide Spinal Decompression to our patients.

What is it?

Spinal Decompression is a form of traction therapy for the amelioration and alleviation of pressure in the Spine. This can be applied to both the low back (lumbar) and neck (cervical) regions, which happen to be the 2 areas of the spine most susceptible to injury.
​Spinal decompression has been proven effective in relieving the pain associated with bulging and herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, Facet Syndrome and even relapsed or failed back surgery. Since the inception of Vertebral Axial Decompression (VAX-D) by Dr. Allan Dyer, PhD, MD in 1985 and its release in 1991, clinical studies have revealed an amazing success rate in treating lumbar and cervical related problems with spinal decompression.

How Does It Work?

Spinal decompression uses state of the art technology to apply a distraction force (Controlled Traction) to relieve pressure in a specific area of the spine. A computerized tether initiates and monitors the amount of force being applied based on the patients' age, weight, acuity, severity, and chronicity of the condition. The treatment is very gentle, non-invasive, and oftentimes patients feel immediate relief, with minimal side effects.

Are There Options?

In the past, patient’s suffering from Neck and Low Back symptoms usually were given pain medications, instructed to refrain from physical activities, and referred for chiropractic care or physical therapy. When they were not progressing, surgery seemed to be the only other option. Fortunately, spinal decompression, coupled with manual therapy and functional exercises, can provide a non-surgical and long lasting option for these patients.
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