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Spinal Decompression Machine

apple21aapple21 Posts: 1
Has anyone ever used or been placed on a Spinal Decompression Machine to treat sciatica?

Heres my story.

I'm suffering my second case of sciatica, or sciatica like symptoms and this was a pain I did not want to relive.

In 2006 when I was 21, my back completely went out, irritating my sciatic nerve to a pain level 10. It was brutal.
So my parents helped me by getting me to a chiropractor. He took xrays, did some adjustments, did some shock therapy on my lower back (heaven) and then scheduled me for Spinal Decompression therapy for 2-3 weeks on a machine they had there.

I would lay on my back, a harness would be tied around my shoulders area and another harness would be tied to my hip and would loop in between my legs. The machine would then begin pulling me in opposite directions, stretching me, essentially decompressing my spine, allowing the nerve to rest and also help restrengthen my disc (so said the chiropractor).

Well I didn't know what I had damaged going into the chiropractor but after about 2 1/2 weeks of this therapy, I was back to 100%. Zero sciatic nerve pain. I felt amazing. So to me I felt as if this Decompressor was the solution. It cost about $1200 total

Anyways, has anyone ever been put on this kind of machine to help their sciatica? If so, did it work for you too?

And p.s. now with my current pain, i have not gone to the chiropractor because I hurt myself at work this time so I'm just going to a doctor and physical therapy through my workers comp. But if my pain does not get better soon, I am going back to the chiropractors to get on this machine again. I don't care if it comes out of my pocket. I just want this pain to go away.


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  • I got good relief from a device similar to what you described. Since getting one of my own was out of the question I purchased an inversion table. I got mine from Amazon. Works for me.
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