Spinal Decompression Specialist

CHARLES M LAYCOCK, DC -  - Chiropractor

Today's Chiropractic Clinic


Chiropractor located in Des Moines, WA

If you regularly experience back pain due to a herniated disc or another disc injury, consider spinal decompression. This non-surgical treatment technique can relieve discomfort, allowing you to return to work, exercise, and other routine activities. At Today’s Chiropractic Clinic in Des Moines, Washington, Charles Laycock, DC, offers spinal decompression therapy on-site as an outpatient procedure. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Spinal Decompression Q&A

What is spinal decompression?

Spinal decompression is a non-operative treatment used to relieve back pain. It gently stretches your spine and gradually realigns your vertebrae. The stretching takes the pressure off your spinal discs –– the soft, gel-like cushions –– responsible for padding and supporting your vertebrae.   

By removing the excess pressure from your spinal discs, spinal decompression allows your herniated or bulging discs to retract, preventing them from rubbing up against your nerves –– easing your discomfort and improving your mobility. Spinal decompression helps to promote the flow of oxygen, nutrients, and water to your spine. When combined, these factors enable your discs to heal.

What conditions can benefit from spinal decompression?

At Today’s Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Laycock uses spinal decompression to treat various musculoskeletal issues, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Disc injuries
  • Facet syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Failed back surgery/post-surgical pain syndrome

You could also benefit from spinal decompression if you have injured or diseased spinal nerve roots. 

How does spinal decompression work?

Spinal decompression is a quick, outpatient procedure. During your appointment, Dr. Laycock places a harness around the trunk of your body and another around your pelvis. He adjusts each harness and asks you to either lie face-down or face-up on a table. The table connects to a computer-controlled device. 

Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Laycock operates the computer, adjusting decompression treatment to suit your individual needs. The table then changes position throughout treatment, gently stretching your spine and realigning your vertebrae. Most spinal decompression appointments last 30-45 minutes.

How many spinal decompression treatments will I need?

The number of spinal decompression you’ll need depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Dr. Laycock typically recommends a series of appointments spread out over several weeks. 

Though this might seem like a major commitment, the results are long-lasting. You should be sure to attend each scheduled appointment and follow Dr. Laycock’s recovery instructions carefully.

Is spinal decompression safe?

Spinal decompression is safe and usually well-tolerated, but it’s not ideal for everyone. If you have any of the following conditions, make sure to let Dr. Laycock know:

  • Advanced osteoporosis
  • Fracture
  • Metal implants in the spine
  • Tumor

These issues may not benefit from spinal decompression, but with prompt diagnosis and treatment, you and Dr. Laycock can prevent them from worsening. 

To see if you’re a candidate for spinal decompression, schedule an appointment at Today’s Chiropractic Clinic. Call the office or book one online today.