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Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression Services from Your Chiropractor in Loveland, CO

Whether pain strikes in the back, the leg, or the neck, it can make it impossible to perform normal activities.  Many patients who visit our Gateway Family Chiropractic office find their entire lives focused on getting relief from pain.  Fortunately, our chiropractor in Loveland, CO offers spinal decompression as a treatment option.  This is a natural therapy that avoids surgery or medication while providing an optimal environment for self-healing.

patient getting spinal decompression

What Exactly is Spinal Decompression?

Healthcare providers use two types of spinal decompression, surgical and nonsurgical.  Chiropractic therapy to relieve pain utilizes only the nonsurgical type.

Treatment using nonsurgical spinal decompression involves using a kind of motorized traction to treat conditions such as:

Chiropractic spinal decompression uses a traction or motorized table to relieve pressure on the affected discs by moving the patient’s spine.  This in turn eliminates pain once pressure drops on nerves and other structures within the spine.  Stretching and periodically relaxing the spine changes both its force and position.  Our chiropractor accomplishes this by making changes on a computer to customize the therapy for each patient’s needs.

A treatment formulates negative pressure inside a disc.  This results in multiple benefits.  Spinal decompression pulls the contents of a bulging or a herniated disc back into the disc.  A secondary benefit is improving the efficiency of nutrient passage into the disc to create a better environment in which healing can occur.

Treatment at Gateway Family Chiropractic

The first step toward relief from persistent back, leg, or neck pain is an evaluation by our chiropractor.  Our doctor makes a diagnosis after a comprehensive physical exam, a discussion of health history, an evaluation of a Gateway Family Chiropractic patient’s symptoms, and any helpful diagnostic tests. 

Once an individual has a diagnosis, we recommend a customized course of treatment to relieve pain without the use of surgery or medication.  Of the five Colorado chiropractors who have earned national certification in spinal decompression, two are part of our practice.

A spinal decompression session usually lasts no more than 45 minutes.  A course of treatment is typically between four and six weeks.

A patient remains fully clothed during a treatment session.  While the individual is lying on a table that is partially movable and motorized, we place a harness around his or her hips.  This harness fastens to a section of the table near the individual’s feet.  This portion of the table moves back and forth as our doctor at the computer transitions the patient between traction and relaxation.  Although the individual should experience a stretching sensation in the spine, a spinal decompression session should not cause pain.

Some patients are not good candidates for spinal decompression.  This therapy is not appropriate for individuals who are pregnant or who have a fracture, abdominal aortic aneurysm, tumor, spinal implants that are metal, or advanced osteoporosis.  Other contraindications include having a history of spinal fusion, failed back surgery, or lack of improvement in pain after more than one surgery.  Individuals who take blood thinning medication or have any of a variety of spinal conditions such as osteoporosis or spondylolisthesis are not good candidates.

Schedule a Consultation with Our Chiropractor in Loveland, CO

Is pain interfering with your normal daily activities?  Don’t continue to suffer when our chiropractor in Loveland, CO can provide relief using natural methods.  Our three chiropractors, Dr. David Hughes, Dr. Michael Hughes, and Dr. Shannon Bundy, provide services to families in the Loveland, Windsor, Greeley, Fort Collins, and Berthoud areas.  We offer expert, neurologically based care using a variety of chiropractic techniques to patients of all ages.  Call our Gateway Family Chiropractic office today at 970-669-7620 to schedule an appointment and take the first step on your path to wellness.


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  • "I was in constant pain for years. I started getting adjusted with Gateway Family Chiropractic in Dec. for CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome). After 4 visits the pain has dramatically reduced and is now at a 2/10 from a 10/10 on a pain scale. Now I come in one a month for maintenance and have no complains!"
    Bruce E - Longmont, CO
  • "Gateway Doctors, with only a few visits under my belt I feel so much better. On a regular basis here recently I encounter a rib problems where they were pushing on a nerve to where it became hard to breath I couldn't deal sith the symptoms. I called Dr. Hughes for much needed immediate relief. I caught them at the office after hours and explained my situation. They worked on my for about 20 minutes and I left with less side pain & was walking up right again. Gateway is the best would recommend 10 x over sincerely"
    Don C. - Loveland, CO
  • "All the staff at Gateway Chiropractic are wonderful. Dr. Mike Hughes has given my pain relief for the first time in over a year. Can't wait to continue my treatment!!!"
    Jennifer H. - Loveland, CO
  • "Drs. David and Michael Hughes are wonderful. My son had been going to another chiropractor with no results. Within just a few visits to Gateway Family Chiropractic, my son was able to return to work. Thank you Drs. David and Mike Hughes."
    Joe A. - Fort Collins, CO
  • "I came to this office a year ago with debilitating hip problems. I was so missed up it took about 6 months to get it to hold. After my first appointment, I no longer was needing pain medication. The most amazing part about this office is that Dr. Dave and Dr. Mike really take the time to know what was happening in my body. They recommend much needed supplements that helped in me get my life back. I could not function before I started coming here and will always be grateful for their knowledge and expertise in their field. THANK YOU GATEWAY. Don't forget how amazing the office staff is as well. Best chiropractic office in Northern Colorado. I definitely recommend you guys every day to others who need you!"
    Marissa S. - Loveland, CO
  • "Our Infant, Merrick, was placed with ear infection, congestion, and cough. Antibiotics were not helping and made things worse. He began vomiting. We were all exhausted & frustrated. We couldn't find anything that worked! We brought him to Gateway Chiropractic in Loveland. With steady treatments his ear infection and other symptoms went away. He is healthy and now growing without ear infection complications. This was a blessing for our baby and our family! We are so grateful!"
    C. Muth - Loveland, CO
  • "After a thorough and thoughtful review of the x-rays of my back and hips, Dr. Hughes adjusted me from my head to my knees. Yep, my knees! I was able to kneel down on the floor with my kids for the first time in years with no stiffness or achy knees. During the adjustment I felt unhurried and relaxed. I left with more range of motion in my neck, shoulders... & knees. Thank you! I recommend Dr. Hughes as a qualified and caring chiropractor!"
    Richard T. - Loveland, CO
  • "The staff is amazing. The practitioners were more than happy to try and treat my severe neck pain and limited range of motion. I could hardly move my head and upper back 2 weeks ago. After a series of x-rays to I.D. the problem, some other quantitative testing, both chiropractors were able to treat my PROBLEM in addition to diminishing my SYMPTOMS. After 2 weeks, I have full range, hardly any pain, slept better and more energy. I would HIGHLY recommend beginning ANY un-wellness at this clinic prior to MD approach to medication. THANKS FOR MAKING ME BETTER!"
    Rose W. - Loveland, CO
  • "My whole family LOVES Gateway Chiropractic. Dr. Mike and Dave are excellent! They are knowledgeable and take the time to explain how the body works & what they're doing to help the body heal. All the members of the team are friendly and helpful. I always enjoy my visits and love that they keep my healthy!"
    Stacey R. - Loveland, CO
  • "I was in constant pain for years. I started getting adjusted with Gateway Family Chiropractic in Dec. for CRPS (chronic regional pain syndrome). After 4 visits the pain has dramatically reduced and is now at a 2/10 from a 10/10 on a pain scale. Now I come in one a month for maintenance and have no complains!"
    Bruce E - Longmont, CO
  • "Drs' Mike and David are competent, concerned, and caring chiropractors. I am impressed with the tables they use to administer adjustments. The dropping mechanism makes the adjustment so focused and exact. I feel less pain and have more flexibility and range of motion now than before I began my treatments."
    Diane L. - Berthoud, CO
  • "I have severe arthritis. The pain getting worse & I thought I might need to have a hip replacement. Even after the first adjustment my hip felt better and I could finally sleep all night without waking in pain. Now I have almost no pain most nights and I am walking without limping. I am now doing yoga and Zumba, two activities I ahd stayed away from because my hip pain just wouldn't allow it! I had never gone to a Chiropractor before, now I don't think I will ever stop!"
    Dixie S. - Loveland, CO