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Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression in Toms River

Man on spinal decompression table doctor onlookingHave you been told that you have a bulging or herniated disc and that you’ll need surgery? We have good news here at Family First Chiropractic: non-invasive spinal decompression can get you the healing help you need without having to go under the knife.

Conditions It Can Help

Here are some of the main conditions that can be addressed with decompression:

  • Bulging or herniated disc
  • Degenerated disc
  • Severe arthritis
  • Stenosis

How It Works

You will get harnessed to the decompression table. Our special computerized decompression table ever so slowly and gently stretches your spine. And then relaxes it.

This process opens up the space between spinal bones. It creates a type of “respiration” of the fluid surrounding the joint. The damaged disc can receive nourishment and expel cellular waste, enhancing the healing process.

Are You a Candidate?

There are five factors we look at to determine if someone is a good candidate for decompression:

  1. Do you have a condition that the table is designed to treat?
    To be eligible for the treatment, you will need to have a disc-related condition, severe arthritis or stenosis.
  2. Do you smoke?
    If you do, know that smoking depletes the body of vitamin C and so the body can’t make collagen without vitamin C and can’t heal the disc without it. So smoking will slow down your improvement. We encourage you to quit, increase your vitamin C intake or both.
  3. Are you diabetic?
    With diabetes, there is glycation of the proteins and everything gets sticky, making healing more difficult.
  4. Are you overweight?
    If you are, more pressure is put on the spine so it makes it a little more difficult to get the results we want.
  5. What is your age?
    The prime age for decompression is 40 to 60. Once you get into your seventies and eighties, the disks are much dryer. Seniors can still get results but they may not necessarily get the dramatic ones that slightly younger patients achieve. However, for seniors, even a minor improvement can allow them to still be able to drive, pick up their grandkids or enjoy their golf game. Dr. Rob will typically go through those five factors with people to help them determine if they’re a good candidate for decompression. “If they have three out of five factors going against them, I will tell them that they might not be an ideal candidate,” he said.


Does decompression hurt?
No, and in most cases, patients will feel relief almost immediately following the first session.

How many sessions will I need?

Usually, we do a standard 20-visits protocol, four times a week for five weeks.

How often should I come in for maintenance care?

We usually encourage patients to do monthly maintenance compression. Some people need weekly maintenance decompression, depending on their job, their situation and their weight. Others only need as little as one session a month for maintenance decompression.
What is the difference between traction and decompression?
Traction is static. In other words, it just pulls and pulls and pulls. The decompression has a rest phase. So it pulls for a minute and 15 seconds, and then it relaxes for 15 seconds. Then it pulls again and then relaxes again and it goes back and forth like that the whole time a patient is on the table. Each session takes 15-20 minutes.

Does insurance cover this therapy?

It may. We can check for you to determine if your insurance company will cover decompression.

Are there ways I can prevent disc problems in the first place?

There are some preventative things you can do. These include getting adjusted, lifting properly, adopting a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight.

Book an Appointment

Contact our Toms River practice today to schedule an appointment for non-surgical spinal decompression!


Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Toms River NJ | (732) 349-1122