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Spinal Decompression in Fort Collins, CO

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Treating Pain in Fort Collins with Spinal Decompression.

Spinal decompression is a therapy for you to consider if you’re living with back pain, neck pain, or radiating pain into your arms or legs. Our nonsurgical approach works by gently stretching the spine, and increasing the spacing between vertebrae. Here at Square One Health in Fort Collins, we use a modern computerized decompression table – spinal stretch table- as a tool to help provide you relief.
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What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression care uses a computerized traction table that is designed to increase the space between the intervertebral disc. This stretching creates a hydration effect to the degenerative disc and a reabsorbing effect on disc herniations and bulges. Decompression of the disc causes a negative pressure within the disc that increases nutrition and hydration leading to healthier degenerative discs and stimulating the healing of tears in the outer disc cartilage (annulus fibrosis), resulting in long-term healing of herniations.

Decompression is also designed to stretch the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, and scar tissue from previous injuries), reduce muscle tightness, and elicit a relaxation and sedation effect.

The mechanics of Spinal Decompression are grounded in the principle of creating negative intradiscal pressure. This negative pressure achieves two critical therapeutic outcomes:

Disc Rehydration

By creating a vacuum effect within the disc, nutrients, oxygen, and fluids are drawn back into the disc tissues, which may have degenerated due to age, injury, or other conditions. This influx of vital substances helps to rehydrate and rejuvenate the discs, restoring their height and elasticity.

Disc Healing

The negative pressure also encourages the retraction of bulging or herniated disc material, facilitating a non-invasive repositioning that can alleviate pressure on compressed nerves. This retraction, combined with the influx of healing nutrients, can initiate the repair of torn disc fibers and the resorption of herniations.

The process is meticulously calibrated to each patient’s specific condition, ensuring a treatment that is both comfortable and effective. Over a series of sessions, this methodical stretching and relaxing of the spine can help to gradually alleviate pain and restore function.

What does Spinal Decompression Treat?

Spinal Decompression is not a one-size-fits-all remedy; it is a versatile treatment modality that can be tailored to address a variety of debilitating conditions:

  • Sciatica: This condition is characterized by pain that originates in the lower back and travels down one or both legs. It is often caused by a herniated disc pressing on the sciatic nerve. Spinal Decompression can help alleviate this pressure, reducing the characteristic pain, tingling, and numbness associated with sciatica.
  • Degenerative Disc Disease: Over time, spinal discs can deteriorate, losing hydration and elasticity. This can lead to chronic pain, instability, and reduced mobility. Decompression therapy helps to counteract these effects by promoting the rehydration and healing of the spinal discs.
  • Herniated or Bulging Discs: Disc herniations occur when the soft inner core of the disc bulges out through a tear in the outer layer. Spinal Decompression can help draw this material back into the disc, reducing the bulge and relieving pressure on adjacent nerves.
  • Facet Syndrome: Facet joints are small stabilizing joints in the spine that can become painful due to arthritis, injury, or chronic stress. Decompression therapy can help stretch and relax the spinal muscles, reducing the strain on these joints.
  • Spinal Nerve Root Disease or Injury: Conditions such as spinal stenosis or nerve root impingement can cause significant pain and disability. By decompressing the spine, this therapy can help relieve the pressure on the nerve roots, allowing for healing and pain relief.
  • Spinal Stenosis: This condition involves the narrowing of the spinal canal, which can compress the spinal cord and nerves. Spinal Decompression can help create more space within the spinal canal, alleviating the compression and associated symptoms.

Each of these conditions involves a complex interplay of factors, including the patient’s overall health, lifestyle, and the severity of the condition. At our clinic in Fort Collins, we take a comprehensive approach to treatment, integrating Spinal Decompression with other modalities like physical therapy and chiropractic care to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients.

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What does treatment look like?

When you come to our clinic for spinal decompression care, you can expect to spend about 30 minutes per visit. To get the full benefits of spinal decompression treatment, you may need to schedule appointments for several weeks. Your personal information will be entered into a computer to deliver customized care for your spine and body. Treatments may also include physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and trigger point injections. These spinal decompression adjustments will slowly help reduce your pain.

Choosing us for your Spinal Decompression therapy means choosing a life where pain doesn’t dictate your limits. The benefits of our treatment are as profound as they are varied:

  • Targeted Relief: Directly addresses the source of pain, not just the symptoms.
  • Non-Invasive: A non-surgical solution that sidesteps the risks and recovery time associated with invasive procedures.
  • Holistic Healing: Encourages the body’s natural healing processes without the need for medication.

Want to know if Spinal Decompression is right for you?

At Square ONE we are committed to helping Fort Collins residents live active, pain-free lives. If you’re living with back pain – give us a call at (970) 286-7793. Our staff will talk with you about your options for care. We’ll work together to create a plan that could involve spinal decompression care and have you back enjoying your life.


What exactly is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal Decompression is a therapeutic intervention that uses a computerized traction table to gently stretch the spine, creating space and negative pressure within the intervertebral discs. This space allows for healing and rehydration of the discs, offering relief from various spinal conditions.

What conditions does Spinal Decompression treat?

This therapy is effective for a range of conditions, including sciatica, herniated or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, injured or diseased spinal nerve roots, and spinal stenosis.

Is Spinal Decompression painful?

No, the treatment is designed to be pain-free. Most patients experience a sense of stretching in the spine and relief of pain during the session.

How long does a Spinal Decompression treatment take?

Each session at our clinic is approximately 30 minutes, with the number of sessions varying based on individual treatment plans.

Is Spinal Decompression right for everyone?

While many patients benefit from Spinal Decompression, it’s not suitable for everyone. Conditions like severe osteoporosis, certain types of fractures, tumors, or abdominal aortic aneurysms may preclude the use of decompression therapy.

How do I know if Spinal Decompression is right for me?

The best way to determine if you are a candidate for Spinal Decompression is to consult with our specialists. We’ll evaluate your condition and discuss the best treatment options for your unique situation.

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