Spinal Decompression FAQ


1.  What is Spinal Decompression?
2.  Can I benefit from Spinal Decompression?
3.  Why should I choose "The Bode Decompression Technique".
4.  Is there any risk during a Decompression Treatment?
5.  Can I try Spinal Decompression if I have had spinal surgery but continue to have pain?
6.  Is Spinal Decompression FDA cleared?
7.  How long does a Decompression Treatment session last?
8.  How long does "The Bode Decompression Technique"work?
9.  Can I work while I'm undergoing the procedure?
10.What types of conditions cannot be helped by Decompression?

What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal Decompression is a remarkable non-surgical, drug-free procedure for the treatment of back and neck pain caused by injured or degenerated spinal discs.  It works by targeting and gently relieving the pressure on the damaged segment of the spine, which eases pain and speeds up the body's natural healing process.

Can I benefit from Spinal Decompression?

Spinal Decompression is designed to help people suffering from disc-related pain.  Any back or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc my be helped by Spinal Decompression.  These conditions include degenerated discs, herniated, protruding or bulging discs, pinched nerves, spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet syndrome and radiculopathy.

Why should I choose "The Bode Decompression Technique".

The SpineMED® System (this is the Decompression Table used for The Bode Decompression Technique) is patented technology (patent #7201729).  The SpineMed System has eliminated the use of cumbersome nylon harnesses and pulleys.  The patented pelvic restraint system provides a secure, comfortable and repeatable capture of the skeletal structure, eliminating the variability and inconvenience of pelvic harnesses.  Once the pelvic is captured, the technician can accurately isolate the damaged disc by adjusting the patented pelvic tilting section.  Increased specificity combined with a more efficient capture results in lower force requirements than previous technologies.  The SpineMed System's ability to achieve results using lower distraction forces greatly increases the number of suitable patients, particularly patients with acute pain and older patients.  Extensive computerization and hospital grade components make the SpineMed System the most sophisticated decompression device on the market.  The advanced technologhy utilized by the SpineMed table and incorporated with Chiropractic, Physical/Massage therapy, and Nutritional Support makes The Bode Decompression Technique  the best choice for your back or neck problem period. 

Is there any risk during a Decompression Treatment?

Spinal Decompression is very comfortable.  No one has ever been injured during the SpineMed Procedure.  The procedure is so gentle, that many patients fall asleep during the Decompression sessions.  The SpineMed System also has emergency stop switches for both the patient and the operator.

Can I try Spinal Decompression if I have had spinal surgery but continue to have pain?

Spinal Decompression can help people with back pain after failed spinal surgery, as long as no hardware (pins, screws, rods, etc...) is implanted in the section of the spine being targeted.  Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bode to see if you could be a post-surgical candidate.

Is SpineMed FDA Cleared?

SpineMed has been FDA cleared and is the most sophisticated non-surgical spinal-decompression technology available.  Lumbar was initially cleared by FDA in 2003.  The re-developed Lumber/Cervical was cleared by FDA in 2005.

How long does a Decompression session last?

Sessions are typically administered 3-5 times per week over a 4-6 week period.  The 20-25 sessions are about 30 minutes in duration.  The procedure is performed with the patient fully clothed.  Each session has a cumulative effect that may significantly reduce pain and improve function as patients' progress through the Decompression procedure.

How long does Spinal Decompression work?

Spinal Decompression is designed to correct the underlying condition, which can provide a long-term solution for some causes of back and neck pain.  So long as the patient leads a healthy lifestyle and does not reinjure themselves, the results should be long-lasting

Can I work while I'm undergoing the procedure?

Yes, many patients are able to maintain a normal work schedule, although you will want to limit your work activities if they are physically stressful.  Discuss this further with Dr. Bode.

What types of conditions cannot be helped by Spinal Decompression?

The low force requirements associated with SpineMed limit the contraindications (conditions which make a particular procedure inadvisable) significantly.  Primarily, the contraindications for the decompression procedure are instabilities of the spine such as recent fractures, bilateral pars defects, spondylolisthesis grade 2 or above and gross osteoporosis.  Additional contraindications include cancers or tumors of the spine, pregnancy and patients under the age of 15.  Post surgical patients are not contraindicated unless they have surgical hardware implanted in the region of the region of the spine being targeted.

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