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Choose Between Two Options
- $85 for one acupuncture session ($80 value) and five spinal decompression sessions ($150 value; $230 total value)
- $99 for three acupuncture sessions ($240 value) and one spinal decompression session ($30 value; $270 total value)
As practiced in ancient Chinese Medicine, acupuncture rebalances the flow of energy through the body. Whether being practiced in its traditional or western forms, acupuncture uses fine needles to target the body’s 12 meridians and redistribute energy. Patients look to these treatments for relief from pain and allergies, to stimulate weight loss, or even to cope with stress and its related symptoms.
Spinal decompression uses traction to gently elongate the spine, removing pressure from the discs. This process is designed to relieve back pain caused from pinched nerves, herniated discs and other issues.
Spinal Decompression: Freeing the Gaps Between Your Bones
One of the techniques in in every chiropractor’s arsenal is spinal decompression. Learn what to expect with Groupon's guide.
At its most basic level, spinal decompression is exactly what it sounds like: the reversal of compression. By relieving pressure on the spinal discs, spinal decompression can treat back or neck pain, sciatica, bulging or slipped discs, and other spine-related conditions. Treatments can take several forms, but the most common involves a mechanized table that the doctor operates via computer. After patients are strapped into special harnesses, the table then gently separates vertebrae, creating a vacuum effect that not only reduces pain, but helps the offending discs begin to retract and recover. Over time, the process of relaxation and contraction floods the vertebrae with water, oxygen, and nutrient-rich fluids.
Though the concept behind spinal decompression is fairly simple, the history surrounding its development is a little more complex. Its roots can be traced to any number of sources, from the rack reportedly used in medieval medicine to the pain-relieving zero gravity experienced by astronauts. However, credit for the modern procedure belongs to Dr. Allan Dyer, who in 1985 invented a pneumatic treatment table very similar to the mechanized ones used today.