When a herniated (bulging) disc is diagnosed to be the cause of back pain, patients are urged to turn to conservative treatment before considering surgery. Non-surgical "decompression therapy" involves gently stretching the spine by using a traction table or similar motorized devices with the goal of relieving pain and providing an optimum healing environment for herniated discs. By taking pressure off the gel-like cushions that are located between vertebrae, spinal decompression allows discs to contract, thereby removing pressure from impinged nerves that cause pain, muscle weakness, and tingling sensations. While some studies show that surgery may provide quicker results, the long-term outcomes of chiropractic treatment and surgery have been found to be about the same. Over 22millionAmericans seek chiropractic treatment every year, most of them for neck and back pain resulting from spine conditions. Chiropractors have several methods of treatment ranging from spinal manipulation to spinal decompression. The type of treatment used depends on the type, location, and severity of your spine condition. To schedule an appointment, please call 860-651-2225 or visit us at 200 Queen st. Southington. Our practice is based on the premise of the Triad of Health, a combination of chiropractic, acupuncture, and nutrition. P.S. Each spinal decompression treatment may last 30 minutes and may require 20 treatments over 4 weeks.