What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Maybe you have heard about it through a friend, perhaps you have seen an advertisement in the newspaper, or your family physician or a therapist has mentioned it to you as a possible alternative. If you have had back surgery and it didn't bring you the relief you were hoping for, then Spinal Decompression Therapy may be just what you have looking for. If you are hoping to avoid back surgery then you owe it to yourself to explore Spinal Decompression Therapy immediately!

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Dr. Grace is a recognized expert in the field of Spinal Decompression Therapy in Oregon and consults with numerous physicians throughout the country to assist them in the treatment of their patients. He receives referrals from surgeons, other chiropractors, naturopathic, medical and osteopathic physicians as well as numerous healthcare providers throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Although there is no procedure that is 100% successful, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy has a high success rate with full compliance on the part of the patient. Your doctor will recommend that you refrain from certain activities and that you engage in a certain rehabilitation program either during or after your therapy. If you adhere to your prescribed therapy, you will enhance your chances of success.

Drinking at least a half-gallon of water per day will enhance the re-hydration process within the discs. Your physician will also recommend some nutritional supplements that will aid in the healing process.

If you have questions about this exciting technique and whether it can possibly help you find the pain relief you have been seeking, schedule a consultation with Dr. Grace now!

Non Surgical Spinal Decompression using the Lordex Protocol

Surgery of the spine is serious, yet sometimes unavoidable.  Fortunately, less than 1% of all low back pain sufferers are surgical candidates.  But just because you don't need surgery doesn't mean you don't need treatment.  Non Surgical Spinal Decompression is the logical choice. The procedure is quite simple and often times provides significant relief where other therapies and treatments have failed.

Patients who have gone the surgical route often find that the pain does not go away, and in many cases is made worse. Others find that two or three years later the pains have returned and they are facing additional back surgery. If you are facing your first back surgery, or even worse a second or third back surgery, the good news is that Non Surgical Spinal Decompression may be able to help!

Non Surgical Spinal Decompression provides successful long-term relief from back pain, but from the standpoint of a non-operative closed procedure.  Surgery is open reduction decompression. By open reduction decompression we mean that the surgeon has to cut open the back to try and provide relief. Non Surgical Spinal Decompression is closed reduction decompression.  With Non Surgical Spinal Decompression the procedure accomplishes the same goals without the need for surgery. Surgery is open fusion for stabilization . Non Surgical Spinal Decompression is closed stabilization through increased paraspinal muscle strengthening.

There are three phases of the Spinal Decompression Procedure

Phase I: Relief

As a general rule, most patients experience significant changes in symptoms within the first three to eight Spinal Decompression procedures.  Occasionally, a more advanced degenerative condition or multiple level herniated discs may take 10-15 sessions before realizing a major decline in symptoms.  Also, some patients appear to have rapid relief after the first treatment.  Relief response varies according to age, body morphology and degree of severity.

Phase II: Correction

As strength is regained in the lumbar spine, circulation is restored to the damaged disc, and the healing begins. Correction implies that the progressive process that led to the painful episode has been slowed, stopped or reversed. This corrective process occurs simultaneously with symptom relief.

Phase III: Strengthening

The process that leads to most low back pain (mechanical spinal pathology) involves destabilization of the support structures, degeneration and ultimately re-stabilization.  The Spinal Decompression procedure quickly reintroduces kinetic activity to the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments to help you regain back strength and restore lost lumbar stability.

The Spinal Decompression Lumbar Protocol

Each patient will complete 25 – 35 Spinal Decompression procedures at various paces.  Some prescriptions will be daily for 25 – 35 treatments; others may be daily for 1-2 weeks followed by a decreasing frequency.  At the Lordex Spine Institute at Natural Pain Solutions, your individual condition dictates the prescription for your care.

We specialize in the natural, drugless treatment of the toughest of spinal injuries including herniated and bulging discs, degenerative discs, posterior facet arthrosis, spinal stenosis, failed back surgeries, and internal disc derangement.

We utilize innovative and pioneering physical medicine techniques to non-surgically help decompress and re-hydrate bulging, herniated and degenerative discs. We help you restore strength to the spine and posture which leads to renewed health to the body and mind.

At the Lordex Spine Institute at Natural Pain Solutions it's what we do that's different that achieves life changing results.  We help people daily who had previously given up hope.

Our treatment protocols are derived from a state-of-the-art research and evidence based system of care that has helped our patients achieve phenomenal results, even where other systems have failed, including traditional chiropractic, medical and other therapy systems.  We use up to date research that is then formulated into a comprehensive program to achieve unprecedented results.  Our programs and results with our patients continually progress in effectiveness as new research becomes available.

Because of this, our patients can achieve benefits to their health and life that they previously have been unable to attain.  Patient participation is mandatory in the recovery of their health and wellness.  Unless you are willing to participate in earnest in the healing of your condition, this is not the program for you.

At the Lordex Spine Institute at Natural Pain Solutions you the patient must take an active role in the recovery process.  Your reward is well worth the effort with results that are documented, measurable, predictable, and capable of enhancing the optimal, regenerative healing capabilities of your body.


Q: What is Spinal Decompression Therapy, and how does it work?

A: Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy is a spinal disc rehabilitation program that uses the latest computerized technology that gently stretches the spine and decompresses the discs. This technique of spinal decompression therapy, that is, unloading due to distraction and positioning, has shown the ability to gently separate the vertebrae from each other, creating a vacuum inside the discs that we are targeting. This "vacuum effect" is also known as negative intradiscal pressure.

The negative pressure can induce the retraction of the herniated or bulging disc into the inside of the disc, and off the nerve root, thecal sac, or both. It happens only microscopically each time, but cumulatively, over six to eight weeks, the results are quite dramatic.

The cycles of decompression and partial relaxation over a series of visits, promotes the diffusion of water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids from the outside of the discs to the inside. These nutrients enable the torn and degenerated disc fibers to begin to heal.

Patients are treated fully clothed and are fitted with a pelvic harness that fits around their pelvis as well as a thoracic harness as they lie face up on a computerized controlled table. Our staff operates the table from a computerized console. Each treatment takes about 45 to 60 minutes. Most patients find the sessions to be comfortable, and relief of pain can sometimes be noticed in the first few sessions. Of course, this varies depending on the individual condition.

Q: Will Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression help a slipped/bulging disc?

A: A “bulging” or "herniated" disc is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a "slipped" disc. Studies demonstrate that Spinal Decompression Therapy succeeds at treating bulging or herniated discs over 80% of the time. This of course varies depending on the complexity of the injury and other factors.

Q: Are there any reasons that I can't go on this type of therapy?

A: The doctor has to determine if you are a candidate as there are certain conditions for which this therapy would be contraindicated. The doctors perform a screening process and only then accept the cases they think this therapy can help the most.

Certain people are not candidates for spinal decompression therapy and usually have conditions such as:


Abdominal Aortic Aneurism


Metal Implants/Screws/Plates in spine

Advanced Osteoporosis

Pregnancy or

Certain conditions (diseases) that compromise the structural integrity of the spine and discs. These conditions are present in only a small percentage of the population.

Q: How long does the treatment last?

A: Generally speaking the therapy lasts about 60 minutes per session, with most cases lasting 6 to 8 weeks in duration.

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