SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY
Now there is hope for lasting relief with
‘Non Surgical Spinal Decompression’ 
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Negative pressure is created within the discs by providing a series of slow pulls, holds and releases. Over time, this vacuum effect may in many cases help the bulging disc material to be ‘drawn back into place’. The fibres in the outer ring of the disc are also helped to heal by the increased nutrients which circulate in the area due to the gentle pumping movement created around the disc and facet joints.
WHO CAN USE IT?
The best candidates are patients who have any of the following conditions: bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, failed spinal surgery syndrome, spinal stenosis, facet joint syndrome, or chronic neck or low back pain with no clear causation or reason. 
HOW DO I START?
Just book in for a spinal decomression consultation ($67) with one of our chiropractors. A full neurological examination will need to be  performed, and your X-rays and CT/ MRI scans will need to be studied so our chiropractors can determine your exact program and script for your treatment on our chiropractic spinal decompression table.
ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

  • What does it look like? The picture is an example of a lumbar spine decompression therapy session. The pelvis is angled differently depending on which exact disc level is being targeted. The computer has seven sensors that constantly measure the amount (and the exact timing) of each stage of decompression. When spinal decompression of you neck is necessary, your head is cradled in a holder, and the exact angle of the table is programmed into the computer to ensure that the area of your neck that needs decompression will be treated.  
  •  What does it feel like?  Apart from an initial pulling sensation, which you quickly get used to, it is very relaxing-in fact many people fall asleep! During or after treatment some people may initially have some flare up of their pain. This is normal, and temporary, and should pass within a few days. We recommend ice applied to the area that has been treated, rather than heat, and the use of Metagenics Inflavinoid Intensive Care to reduce inflammation and promote healing. If you have leg pain or pins and needles you may experience a temporary increase in back pain as the leg symptoms disappear. This is also normal, expected, and temporary and is a sign that you are getting better. We do regular reassessments of your condition so that we can adjust your care as needed with the aim of you getting maximum results as soon as possible.
  •  How is Spinal Decompression different to traction or inversion beds?  Traction and inversion beds do not provide the special logarithmic movement, systematically increasing and decreasing the decompression the way that the Hill DT table does. This cycle of movement is a critical part of the success of this therapy, as it brings the essential oxygen and nutrients to the area to help it heal.
  •  Does it replace traditional chiropractic care?  Spinal Decompression is best used in conjunction with your regular Chiropractic treatment to bring about fuller healing of your spine. However, if you have not received results from previous Chiropractic treatments then you may well find this new type of treatment will likely be able to help, showing you a whole new way forward with this style of Chiropractic specific for disc and arthritis issues. In most cases there is NO manipulation involved, so this technique is suitable for people who prefer a more gentle approach. 
  •  How long does it take and how much does it cost?  Generally it takes 8-12 weeks for a disc to heal with decompression therapy. Usually 20-30 treatments over 2-3 months is required to achieve the best result possible. The cost is the same as any Chiropractic treatment, $60 per visit. Ideally 3 treatments per week will help the most. Your chiropractor will tailor this care plan based on the severity of your condition. 

  •  What success rate does this treatment have?  Generally, decompression is achieving approximately 90% success with decompression patients, however results can never be promised and you may still require surgery. We will monitor  your progress and refer you to your doctor should you/ we not be happy with your progress. The research to support the use of Spinal Decompression Therapy can be found here: Spinal Decompression Research 
  •  Will I feel immediately better? Some people do feel a change after just one or two sessions, others after about 5 -8 sessions, and others not until their 20th or 25th session. It all depends on how much inflammation you have, how long you have had the problem, how severe the problem is, and how well you follow our guidelines regarding nutrition, supplements and activities. Every case is different and we can give no guarantees regarding how long you may take to get better, nor if you will get better at all.
  •  Are there any reasons it may not be suitable for me?  There are a few circumstances which may prevent you from being a candidate for decompression therapy. Some of these reasons include if you weigh over 155kg,  are pregnant (for lower back treatments) have severe vascular disease or severe osteoporosis. Your case will be assessed and if we need to seek approval from your medical specialist then we will not start care until you have been given clearance by them. 
  •  How do I know if my case is suitable for decompression therapy? You will need a Decompression Assessment ($67) with one of our caring  Chiropractors where you will need to bring with you any x-rays, scans or MRI's. You will need to allow 30 mins for this visit plus 15 mins to fill out paperwork beforehand. If we do not think that your case is suitable for decompression therapy we will refer you back to your doctor or another health professional for a different approach to pain relief for you. 

WHEN A NEGATIVE IS ACTUALLY  A POSITIVE 
Through the logarithmic stretch and release protocols of the decompression procedure, negative pressure is created in the disc over time. This vacuum effect draws any herniated disc material back into the disc. And by reversing the effects of axial load or compression in the spine, increased circulation occurs which aids in the healing process.
WHO ARE WE?
Mackay Chiro has been serving the Mackay region for over 40 years. Dr. Jonathan Maszak has been the owner since 2006 and our mission has never changed - to provide our patients with unparalleled service in an innovative and state of the art healing clinic.
WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?
Mackay Chiro is located at 9 Palmer Street in North Mackay. We are in between The Church on Palmer Restaurant and The Big Banana. There is a large car park and we share the building with our sister studio, Massage Addiction. Click above to use the online booking feature or ring and speak to one of our awesome chiropractic assistants - 4951 4688
MACKAY CHIROPRACTIC IS PROUD TO BE ONLY ONE OF FOUR CLINICS IN AUSTRALIA TO DELIVER NON-SURGICAL SPINAL DECOMPRESSION.
FRIENDS OR FAMILY MEMBERS MAY ALSO SEEK OUT HILL DT SPINAL DECOMPRESSION AT THE FOLLOWING CLINICS: Chiropractic One in Sydney, the National
Institute of Integrative Medicine in Hawthorn Melbourne, and at
Springwood Wellness Centre in Springwood, Brisbane
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