What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

It’s important to know the pros and cons of spinal decompression therapy, if you are considering treatment. 

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy treatment uses a pulling force on the spine to relieve pressure on the discs and vertebrae.

Treatment of:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Herniated discs
  • Bulging discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerated discs
  • Facet syndrome
  • Leg pain

Pros and Cons of Spinal Decompression Therapy for back pain

What Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Do?

Spinal decompression is a treatment often used for herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, and other back conditions.  The goal of the treatment is to relieve pressure on the spine by gently stretching the spine. This can help to reduce pain and improve range of motion.

Pros and Cons of Spinal Decompression Therapy

There are both pros and cons to spinal decompression. One pro is that it is non-invasive and relatively safe. Additionally, it is typically well tolerated by patients and has few side effects. Another pro is that it can be an effective treatment for certain back conditions.

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical and non-drug approach. In addition, spinal decompression is extremely safe with and some patients fall asleep during treatments.  It addresses the underlying structural issue that is causing a patient’s pain and dysfunction and is the most direct way to treat a problem.

On the other hand, a con of spinal decompression is that it is not suitable for everyone. For example, people with osteoporosis or other brittle bone conditions may not be able to safely tolerate the treatment. Additionally, some people may not respond well to the treatment or may even experience worsened pain after treatment.

Who Can Benefit From Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy can be beneficial for a wide range of individuals, especially those who put regular strain on their backs or have existing spinal issues.


Regular swinging and bending can put strain on the spine


Especially those in high-impact sports or sports that require frequent twisting


Constant impact from running can lead to spinal issues over time

Office Workers

Prolonged sitting and poor ergonomics can lead to back pain

Construction Workers

Lifting heavy materials can strain the back


Long hours on the road and the impact from rough terrains can affect the spine

Pregnant Women

The added weight and change in posture can lead to back pain

Auto Accident Injuries

Car accident and automobile accident injuries can benefit from this therapy

Post-operative Patients

Those recovering from back surgeries to aid in faster recovery

People with Chronic Back Pain

Especially those who haven’t found relief from other treatments


The intense physical demands and movements can lead to spinal issues


Lifting heavy weights without proper form can strain the back

Backpack Users

Especially students or hikers who carry heavy loads regularly

People with Poor Posture

To help realign the spine and relieve pressure


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Overall, spinal decompression can be a helpful treatment for some people with back pain from car accident injuries, sports injuries, pro athletes, back conditions   

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What results do you typically see from the pros and cons of spinal decompression treatment? 


Results vary depending on the severity of the condition. Obviously the patient is looking for both a reduction of pain and the ability to return to their daily life and activities. We usually have patients feeling better by visit number five or six.

Patients usually have complete relief from their symptoms when they are on the table being decompressed. There have been patients that did not notice any improvement until after we completed the protocol.

How do you measure the results?

When a patient has an MRI, one objective finding is to do a comparative study to see if there has been any reduction in the size of the disc herniation.

Each individual may have different results. Some notice a difference within their first five to six treatments and others will find improvements with an increased number of visits.

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Beyond Traditional Treatments  Spinal Decompression Therapy in Toronto

Y Axis Traction Strap at Core Wellness Centre

At Core Wellness Centre’s Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and RMT Clinic in Toronto, the Y Strap Adjustment stands out as a non-surgical solution for spinal decompression.

As an integral part of our painless spine and posture correction approach, this technique utilizes a simple stretching motion with the strap to enhance chiropractic adjustments.

Its efficacy lies in its ability to release restricted areas, providing not only relief from pain but also restoring normal spinal form and function.

Particularly beneficial in cases where progress has been stagnant or in chronic conditions resistant to other treatments, the Y Strap Adjustment offers a potent solution by decompressing the spine and alleviating pressure on nerves, allowing the body to heal and function optimally.

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About Core Wellness Centre, St Clair Ave W, Toronto

Core Wellness Centre is a full functioning Toronto Spinal Decompression Clinic with Chiropractic Care, Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy, Vibration Machines, Cold Laser Therapy, Shockwave Therapy, Spinal Decompression and Y Strap Adjustments.

We offer direct billing with most insurances and are happy to facilitate claims on your behalf.

Questions on Pros and Cons of Spinal Decompression Therapy

When do you use spinal decompression? When do you not use it?

We use spinal decompression mostly for patients that tried chiropractic care, physical therapy, had epidurlas, and previous back surgeries with little results. We also consider spinal decompression when a patient presents us with a recent MRI that confirms herniated discs causing nerve pressure.

It works particularly well for patients that suffer with chronic back pain and spinal stenosis.

The patient age range varies widely from 20-90 years of age. We do not use spinal decompression when a patient is either pregnant or has a metal implantation in their spine.

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