Spinal Decompression Therapy


What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal Decompression therapy is a safe, non- surgical and drug free treatment method for patients who suffer from chronic neck and back pain caused by disc problems and other spinal related conditions. A decompression treatment slowly and gently lengthens and releases pressure in the spine through repetitive movements by the revolutionary HillDT Spinal Decompression table. The table pulls and releases, creating a negative pressure change within the intervertebral disc, surrounding soft tissue and spinal joints. The reduction of pressure inside the disc (decompression) allows the disc bulge or herniation and the nutrients to be pulled back into the disc. Rehydration of the disc and surrounding structures creates a physiological change which decreases pain levels and assists the body’s natural healing process. Patients typically experience significant improvement within 25-30 treatments. Research shows that continued improvement is seen up to 4 years following the Spinal Decompression Therapy program.

Why Spinal Decompression Therapy?

There are 10 major reasons to consider Spinal Decompression Therapy

  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Spondylosis
  • Disc degeneration
  • Facet syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerves
  • Failed back surgery
  • Arm/Leg pain and numbness
  • Chronic neck or back pain that is not responding to traditional spinal treatment.

How does Spinal Decompression work?

A Formula for Relief

When a bulging or herniated disc slips out of alignment, it may compress nearby nerves. The compression can block the nerves from sending and receiving messages from the central nervous system and brain, leading to chronic pain. As long as compression continues, damaged discs seldom heal and patients will suffer pain and other symptoms.


When Negative is Positive

Spinal Decompression Therapy creates space between the different vertebrae, providing room for the bulging or herniated disc to be drawn back into its central position in the spine. This relieves pressure on the nerves and the surrounding soft tissues. By reversing the effects of axial load or compression in the spine, increased circulation occurs which facilitates the flow of nutrients, oxygen and fluids back into the disc which helps stimulate the body’s healing mechanism.

Your Spinal Decompression Therapy Program

At the Disc Doctor in Liverpool, we promote a holistic approach by offering a comprehensive and tailor made Spinal Decompression Therapy program for all our patients to create lasting results.

Before we commence your program, our Chiropractor Dr Milan, will perform a detailed spinal assessment to determine the extent of your disc or spinal injury.

During your Initial Consultation Dr Milan will conduct a:

  • Thorough patient history
  • Neurological examination
  • Chiropractic examination
  • Posture and Gait examination
  • Range of motion test
  • Weight distribution test
  • X-ray, CT or MRI Scan analysis

Upon completion of the spinal assessment Dr Milan will advise you if you are a suitable candidate for Spinal Decompression Therapy. If you are ready to commence treatment, Dr Milan will outline his specifically designed program to you.

The Spinal Decompression Therapy program incorporates the following 5 components:

1. Spinal Decompression Therapy

Using the latest technology, you can be assured that our Hill DT Spinal Decompression tables are safe and reliable. They are integrated with seven sensors which continually monitor the patient to ensure proper treatment is delivered. A total of 8 different programs may be selected, customising to your needs to create phasic physiological change.

2. Post-Spinal Decompression Therapy

Post-Decompression Therapy is necessary to ensure that your target regions are relaxed and pre-conditioned for Chiropractic manual treatment. Post-treatment may include massage therapy, dry needling, electro-stimulation and cold laser. These forms of treatment further facilitate blood and nerve exchange into the decompressed region.

3. Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic adjustments complements your Spinal Decompression program by correcting your mechanical and structural misalignments. With your spine functioning properly, spinal decompression will then effectively target areas to relieve pressure between the vertebral discs.

4. Nutritional Recommendations

Everyone knows that a healthy diet and nutritional supplements are important in any recovery process. Supplements like Arthrex, Glucosamine and essential vitamins not only support repair and restoration of the disc but also decrease inflammation.

5. Posture Rehab & Core Strengthening

Besides the spine, the only thing holding the torso and the lower body together are muscles! You have to do core exercises to take away pressure and strengthen the muscles holding up the spine. Our doctors will prescribe specific exercises, posture rehab and yoga unique to each individual as part of your program.

Benefits of the Spinal Decompression Therapy Program

Physiological benefits:

  • Increases blood flow, improving nutrient supply into the disc.
  • Decreases intradiscal pressure
  • Promotes the regression of disc herniation
  • Reduces nerve compression
  • Facilitates disc rehydration

Physical benefits:

  • Decreases pain levels
  • Improves spinal mobility
  • Reduces muscle guarding
  • Enhances postural integrity
  • Develops core strength
  • Increases joint flexibility
  • Lowers stress levels
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Prevents new injuries
  • Promotes wellness

Spinal Decompression Therapy Case Studies

“Improved disc spacing, resulted in no leg pain without any need for surgery”

After completing the lumbar decompression protocol of 30 visits using the HillDT table, there was a noticeable change in the lumbar disc height at L4/L5 vertebrae for this patient. The improvement is clearly notated by the vertical line demonstrating the increased space at the posterior margin of the disc. The patient fully recovered from all subjective complaints of lower back pain and right sciatica.

Pre-Lumbar X-Ray

Post-Lumbar X-Ray

After completing the cervical decompression protocol of 30 visits using the HillDT table, the cervical curve was restored to the normal lordosis correcting the patient’s forward head posture. An increase in the disc height can be seen from the pre to post film at the C5-C6 disc space. A significant increase in the size of the IVF of C7-T1 is noted in the post film. Decreasing the IVF encroachment or narrowing at C7-T1 reduced the numbness and pain in the patient’s neck and left arm. The patient reported a complete recovery of all symptoms after 12 weeks of care.

Pre-Cervical X-Ray

Post-Cervical X-Ray

A 42 year old female presented in a wheel chair,unable to walk,with a history of recurrent lower back pain.She had a failed discectomy at L5-S1 from 2 years prior.After a thorough orthopaedic and neurological examination the patient was diagnosed with a L4-5 disc prolapse with severe L5 nerve root compression and concomittant right leg pain.

The patient was then placed on the Spinal Decompression Therapy program.After 5 sessions the patient no longer needed the wheel chair.The pain levels decreaed from 9 to zero in 10 sessions.She was able to walk and return to normal work duties after 16 sessions and achieved a complete recovery after 30 sessions.

Pre-MRI Scan

Post-MRI Scan

Spinal Decompression Therapy Research

Orthopedic Technology Review (2003; 6 (5))

Surgical Alternatives: Spinal Decompression

CONCLUSION: 86% of the 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients, and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment. It was shown to be effective for herniated and degenerative discs.

Journal of Neurologic Research (Vol. 29, No. 3, March 2003)

Efficacy of Vertebral Axial Decompression on Chronic Low Back Pain.

CONCLUSION: This 144 patient study showed 76% achieved remission of pain. Except in emergent conditions, Vertebral Axial Decompression should be used on all conditions before surgery is undertaken.

US Musculoskeletal Review 2007

“Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings After Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression”, the follow up MRI showed rehydration of the discs at L3/L4, L4/L5, L5/S1 of a herniated disc patient.

American Journal of Pain Management (Vol. 7, No.2, April 1997)

Decompression, Reduction, and Stabilization of the Lumbar Spine: A Cost Effective Treatment.

CONCLUSION: Eighty six percent of herniated intervertebral disc patients achieved ‘good’ (50-89% improvement) to ‘excellent’ (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved. Facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ results with decompression.

Disc Distraction Shows Evidence of Regenerative Potential in Degenerated Intervertebral Discs, SPINE 2006

Disc repair fundamentally depends on the stage of disc degeneration.

CONCLUSION: This study with respect to previous reports, confirms that disc distraction enhances hydration in the degenerated disc and may improve disc nutrition via the vertebral endplates. Thorsten Guehring, MD, et al; Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Heidelberg, Germany. SPINE (Vol. 31, Number 15, 2006)

Anesthesiology News, (Vol. 29, No. 3, March 2003)

Vertebral Axial Decompression Reduces Chronic Discogenic Low Back Pain-4 Year Study.

CONCLUSION: Four year follow-up after Decompression method shows a sustained 86% reduction in pain and that 91% of patients had resumed their normal activities and has remained pain free.

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine February 2008

Protocols for Patients with Activity – Limiting Low Back Pain

A total of 296 patients with low back pain and evidence of a degenerative and or herniated disc at 1 or more levels were in this study. 8 Week course of treatment consisting of 5, 30 minute sessions of Decompression Therapy per week for 4 weeks and 1, 30 minute session for a week for 4 additional weeks. CONCLUSION: Patients showed continued statistical improvement in both pain scores and functional movement scores after their treatment programs were completed for 180 days post-treatment.

Spinal Decompression Therapy Success Stories

“At 77 years of age I have had some pains in my life,but the lower back and leg pains I was experiencing were crippling.A MRI scan revealed I had a large disc prolapse at L3-4 causing almost complete canal stenosis.A Spinal Specialist was loathe to operate saying I could end up in a wheel chair.I went to see my Chiropractor, Dr Milan at The Disc Doctor and he started me on a 30 session program of Spinal Decompression Therapy.I presented with the aid of a wheelie walker,graduated to a walking cane and within a month I was walking normally.My friends declared that I was the miracle lady.“

Marjorie Carroll, HOXTON PARK, N.S.W

“The day after playing my guitar at a gig I woke up with severe and unrelenting pain in my neck and down my right arm.I also had major weakness and numbness in my right arm,hand and fingers.It was that bad I had to stop work as a musician.I underwent an MRI scan which showed a a massive disc sequestration of 0.8cm at the C6-7 level.I was referred to a Neurosurgeon who wanted to operate on me using a very invasive method called anterior disc replacement surgery. I was very reluctant and after doing a bit of research I found out about Spinal decompression Therapy which was a non surgical procedure.

I consulted with Dr Milan at The Disc Doctor who advised only 15 sessions because of the complexity and size of the disc injury.I postponed my surgery date and started the Spinal Decompression program.By the 15th session the pain,weakness and numbness in my neck, right arm and hand improved out of sight.By the 30th session I was virtually pain free and was no numbness remaining.

I called up the Neurosurgeon to let him know that I won’t be needing surgery because Spinal Decompression Therapy fixed my disc injury. I am back doing what I love the most and that is singing and playing my guitar free of pain.“

Matthew McHugh, CRONULLA, N.S.W

“My lower back pain was so severe after I had a car accident that I could barely move.An MRI scan showed I had a L5-S1 disc protrusion.The Neurosurgeon suggested an operation on my disc but I had concerns and consulted Dr Milan at The Disc Doctor for a second opinion.After 25 Spinal decompression treatments my lower back pain decreased significantly.Now I can move freely without pain.Thank god for Spinal decompression.”

Khalid Ahmad, LIVERPOOL, N.S.W

“I used to get really bad numbness in my left hand, forearm and upper arm.At the same time I would experience sharp pain in my neck and the fingers in my left hand would cramp up.Unfortunately,these symptoms were starting to spread to my right hand.I was very concerned so I went to see my Doctor who referred me for an MRI scan of my neck.The scan showed a large disc bulge at the C5/6 level with impingement on the nerve roots.

A friend referred me to see Dr Milan who suggested the best form of non-surgical treatment for my problem would be Spinal Decompression Therapy.After 3-4 weeks of treatment I could see definite improvement and after about 30 sessions I can safely say that the numbness,cramping and pain had subsided so much I could barely feel a thing.

I would gladly recommend Spinal Decompression Therapy to anyone suffering from disc and nerve problems.”


“The pain down my right leg was unbearable.I went to hospital,had painkillers and numerous consultations with G.P.’s,several treatments with Physiotherapists and nothing helped.I could not sleep,walk or sit.I could not do anything without pain.After 30 sessions on the Spinal Decompression table my right leg pain disappeared.What a great feeling!The other day I even put up the Christmas tree.”

Judith Arbidans, HAMMONDVILLE, N.S.W

“The constant pain and pins and needles down my right leg was terrible.I rated it a 10 out of 10 especially if I had to stand in one position for too long.The GP said that the pain was coming from my lower back and this was confirmed by a CT scan which revealed I was suffering from three broad based disc bulges at L5/S1, L4/5 and L3/4 causing stenosis and nerve compression.

I had many sessions of Physiotherapy but there was no relief whatsoever.I then had a cortisone injection in my lower back but still no relief.Another Doctor told me nothing more could be done and prescribed strong painkillers which I did not want to take.

I then found out about Dr Milan and his new treatment for disc injuries.I started the Spinal Decompression Therapy program and have not looked back.After each session I felt a little less pain and pins and needles in my right leg. By the end of 30 sessions the pain and pins and needles was totally gone.”

Jennifer Plant,SADLIER,N.S.W

“I am a 53 year old High School Teacher.I injured my upper back and neck while doing some heavy lifting in my garden.The pain in my spine and the sharp tingling sensation running down my left arm was excruciating.I went to see a Spine Specialist who advised me if the disc protrusions at C5/6 and C6/7 deteriorated further I would need to have surgery.

I saw numerous Physiotherapists over a 9 month period but my condition did not improve at all.Finally,I attended Dr Milan’s clinic and underwent a program of Spinal Decompression Therapy which is a new technology for the treatment of severe spinal problems.After 30 sessions on the Spinal Decompression machine,the intense pain and tingling I originally complained of was no longer there.

I have actually started doing work around the house which I have not been able to do for a very long time.”

Shailendra Rao,HOXTON PARK,N.S.W

“ I had been to see several Doctors and Specialists about my degenerative disc disease and bulging discs in my neck.Over many years this problem has given me debilitating neck pain,constant headaches,pins and needles as well as numbness down my arms and frequent chest pain.I was told I had to take pain relieving medication for the rest of my life and that in the future I would need surgery.

With nothing to lose I went to see Dr Milan at The Disc Doctor in Liverpool and started on a new treatment method from the U.S called Spinal Decompression Therapy.I was one of the first patients to be placed on the table and after the very first treatment I felt an immediate decrease in neck pain,more movement and less tension in my neck and shoulder muscles.

I have completed my program and now come in to the clinic to have Spinal Decompression check-ups every 2-3 weeks to keep the pressure off my neck and maintain the health of my spine.I would recommend this form of treatment to anyone especially those people that have been suffering from pain for a longtime and have not received any relief elsewhere. Spinal Decompression Therapy is simple,gentle and has very positive results.”

John Van Kouterik,BUSBY,N.S.W





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