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Frequently Asked Questions About Spinal Decompression

Oh, your aching back! When you have back pain that hasn’t responded to other treatments, spinal decompression might be the answer in Bonita Springs, FL. Spinal decompression therapy helps relieve the pressure on your spinal discs, allowing them to retreat back to their normal position and encouraging the circulation of blood, fluids and nutrients. Many people have experienced intense relief thanks to spinal decompression. If you’re interested in learning more, read these frequently asked questions and schedule a consultation with Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology.


Spinal decompression is great for helping back and neck pain, bulging or herniated discs, ruptured or protruding discs in the cervical and lumbar spine and degenerating discs. If you have sciatica, joint arthrosis, facet syndrome, stenosis or mild spondylolisthesis, you might experience significant relief from spinal decompression therapy.


Non-surgical spinal decompression is a gentle stretching treatment. A patient lies on a motorized table with harnesses around their pelvis and abdomen. Their doctor uses a computer to control the table. The moving table takes the patient through a series of stretches, which are designed to take pressure off the discs and joints.

Most patients receive 20 to 28 treatments over a course of five to seven weeks. You may feel relief immediately, or it may take the full seven weeks to see results. Every patient is different, and their specific conditions determine how many treatments are necessary.


VAX-D spinal decompression therapy in Bonita Springs, FL is a specialty at Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology. We use a decompression unit to “milk” the spinal fluid back into your discs, without triggering your body’s protective mechanisms. The VAX-D unit uses different types of tension to relax and confuse your muscles. This allows the intervertebral space to decompress as the tension is applied in nonlinear ways. The result is a decompressed disc (or discs), where spinal fluids, blood and nutrients can circulate freely.


Some patients require surgical spinal decompression therapy. This type of therapy—unlike non-surgical spinal decompression and VAX-D—is an invasive process. The surgery removes parts of your bone and tissue to decompress the discs. This relieves pressure on the nerves. Patients usually spend about five days recovering in the hospital, but should experience lasting effects thereafter.

Since most patients prefer to avoid surgery whenever possible, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy is a good alternative in Bonita Springs, FL.


Discussing your treatment with your doctor and insurance company will give you the most accurate cost estimate. In practice, it varies: you may not need the full five to seven weeks of therapy, which will bring the costs down. Non-surgical decompression ranges from about $450 to $6,000, while surgical decompression can cost up to $100,000. It’s easy to see why many patients prefer the non-surgical option!

To learn more about spinal decompression therapy in Bonita Springs, FL, book a consultation with Hiler Chiropractic & Neurology today.

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