Spinal Decompression Specialist

Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc.

Medical Clinic, Chiropractors & Physical Therapy located in Mission Viejo, CA

If you live with lower back pain or sciatica, you might benefit from spinal decompression therapy. Victor Rafa, DC, Rona Palompo, DPT, and the experienced team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. in Mission Viejo, California, provide spinal decompression to create space in your spine and release painful nerve compression. Call the practice today or schedule a consultation online.

Spinal Decompression Q & A

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression uses state-of-the-art technology to gently stretch the spine and create negative intradiscal pressure. This means that by extending the spine, the treatment creates a vacuum in your spine, helping bulging discs and other displaced tissue return to their correct locations.

The team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. uses nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy. The treatment enables you to return to an active, pain-free life without relying on medication.

Why would I need spinal decompression?

The team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. recommends spinal decompression to reduce neck pain, lower back pain, and sciatica caused by spinal disc problems, including:

Bulging disc

Your spinal discs are rubbery cushions between your vertebrae. They have a soft, gel-like interior surrounded by a rubbery shell. A bulging disc develops when a disc becomes dry or stiff, and the outer shell bulges out of its normal shape.

Herniated disc

A herniated disc develops when the gel interior of a spinal disc pushes through a crack or weak spot in the outer shell.

Degenerative disc

As you age, your spinal discs become dry and less flexible. This weakens your spinal discs and leaves them more vulnerable to inflammation and injury.

All of these conditions cause swelling and protrusions into your spinal canal, which can compress the nerves that travel through your back and extend out into the rest of your body.

What happens during spinal decompression?

The team at Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. begins with a thorough exam and consultation to evaluate your pain and diagnose the condition causing it. They might order X-rays or MRIs to examine your spinal structures in more detail. If spinal decompression is right for you, they schedule treatment.

You should wear comfortable clothing to your appointment, but you don’t need to do anything else to prepare. During your treatment, you lie on the spinal decompression table, and a team member attaches harnesses to your body.

Then, the device gently stretches and releases your body, creating states of traction and relaxation. The treatment helps your spine realign and sends a flood of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood into your spine to support healing.

If you have spine pain or sciatica, call Gateway Rehab and Wellness Center, Inc. or make an appointment online to find out how spinal decompression can relieve your pain.