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Spinal Decompression in Johnston

We understand that constant neck pain and low back pain can profoundly impact your quality of life. In addition to chiropractic care, Schultz Chiropractic & Acupuncture offers spinal decompression to keep your spine healthy and help you live more comfortably.

Spinal decompression is a natural, non-invasive health care alternative. It is not only used to relieve and resolve pain but it has also helped people avoid surgery altogether. Find out more about spinal decompression and how our approach to care might benefit you.


My lower back and hip were causing severe pain I have a high pain tolerance so I waited longer than I should have to get help until I was dragging one leg. I tried 2 other chiropractors over 5 visits receiving no relief and getting worse. Their treatments caused added pain and discouragement thinking my next step would be a surgery like so many people resort to…

A friend referred me to Dr Schultz who has a different standard of care. First off, he respected our scheduled appointment times he applied manipulation, ultrasound and the real miracle; the decompression machine. Every session on the decompression machine made my pain rating consistently lower. My leg was restored after 3 visits and my mobility is feeling years younger. I am 100% pain free walking tall again.”
– Rod

patient on spinal decompression table

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

If you are suffering from neck pain or low back pain, spinal decompression might be what you are looking for. It is basically computerized traction that gently stretches the spine. This promotes a healthier flow of water, oxygen, and nutrient-dense fluids within the spinal discs. The better your spinal position, the better your entire body is able to function.

Decompresses Pinched Spinal Nerves and Compressed Discs

Essentially, spinal decompression separates the vertebrae, reducing unwanted pressure being placed on different spinal discs and various spinal nerves. This process is called tractioning. It is done at a specific angle with a certain amount of pull, reducing inflammation—ultimately, decreasing pain and heightening comfort.

CGI of man with a glowing spine
We suggest spinal decompression to those suffering from ongoing discomfort in the neck and low back. We also recommend this therapy to those who have had MRIs that have revealed disc herniation or protrusion.

Our practice has seen spinal decompression successfully relieve and resolve pain, even preventing the need for surgery. It has been proven helpful in addressing a variety of ailments, including

  • Herniated or protruding discs
  • Degenerative discs
  • Facet syndrome

  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

For those who require surgery, we have also seen spinal decompression work well both pre-operation as well as post-operation.

Our practice uses spinal decompression in combination with chiropractic care. To decide whether or not spinal decompression is likely to help with your condition, we will first meet with you and do a full, non-invasive physical examination. With the information from our one-on-one consultation as well as the results of your physical examination, Dr. Schultz will suggest a plan of care that is right for you.

If spinal decompression is a good option for you, Dr. Schultz will explain how it will fit into your care plan. This includes the frequency of care. He will also discuss financials with you at this time.

Spinal decompression was developed by Dr. Allen Dyer, a former minister of health from Ontario, Canada. He was recognized as a pioneer in the development of the external cardiac defibrillator. Following this achievement, Dr. Dyer invented the decompression table for low back problems. This proved to be revolutionary in addressing low back pain.

Dr. Dyer’s work and research were later updated and supported by Harvard professor and neurosurgeon Dr. C. Norman Shealy. Dr. Shealy also created the transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit.

The American Journey of Pain Management published a study by Dr. Shealy in 1997 that compared 14 patients who underwent mechanical traction to 25 patients given spinal decompression. “The decompression system gave ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ relief in 86% of patients with ruptured intervertebral discs and 75% of those with facet arthroses.”

The researchers found that computerized spinal decompression produced “consistent, reproducible, and measurable non-surgical decompression, demonstrated by MRI.”

Dr. Dennis McClure further conducted a study that tested over 500 surgical candidates. He found that spinal decompression had a success rate between 86% and 92% one year post-care. A later study with 163 participants concluded that the majority reported looking forward to receiving decompression therapy because of the positive outcomes of their care. Even better, most of these patients were able to avoid surgery.

Researchers at the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), were among the first to investigate the effects of spinal decompression on intervertebral discs. They found that astronauts were relieved of low back pain in an anti-gravity state. A decompression system for the care of disc damage and back pain was developed by a team of physicians and former NASA engineers.

Take That First Step Today

Do not let pain continue to interrupt your daily routine. Spinal decompression is a natural, surgery-free way to help you keep you comfortable throughout your journey to wellness. It gives your body a chance to heal quickly and completely.

Are you ready to try spinal decompression? We are here to guide you through the process. If you are an existing patient and think spinal decompression might be right for you, be sure to let us know. If you are new to chiropractic care and other alternative health care modalities, we are glad to help you get started.

Why wait? Contact our practice today for spinal decompression Johnston!


Spinal Decompression Johnston, Urbandale, Ankeny, West Des Moines IA | (515) 270-2924