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Spinal Decompression Therapy After an Accident

If you have been in a car accident, you may be experiencing neck pain as a result of whiplash. Spinal decompression therapy is a modality that we use at Impact Med Zephyrhills to help patients recover following a car accident and treat the pain associated with whiplash. 

Keep reading to learn how spinal decompression can effectively relieve the nerve pain and pressure and tingling caused by spine injuries following an accident. 

Benefits of Spinal Decompression

Following a car accident, spinal decompression can provide relief from nerve pain, pressure, and tingling caused by whiplash, and bulging or herniated discs in the spine. 

Spinal decompression can:

Alleviate Pressure

Spinal decompression performed on the neck following an accident can decrease the pressure on the discs between the vertebrae. 

Increase Blood Flow

The release of pressure during spinal decompression increases proper blood flow throughout the body and helps foster healing. 


Spinal decompression can help strengthen the muscles in the affected area to effectively stabilize the neck. With maintenance, you can prevent neck pain from reoccurring. 

Change the Position of the Spine 

Spinal decompression gently stretches the spine which in turn changes the position of the spine and can aid in the retraction of discs and a healthy structural change to your spine following a car accident. 

Foster a Properly Functioning Nervous System

Nerve inflammation and degenerative changes in the discs of the spine can narrow the spinal passageway over time, compressing the spinal cord. Since the spinal cord is the central passage for nerve roots to exit and travel throughout the body, your nervous system won’t function as it should. Spinal decompression allows your spine to decompress and lengthen, fostering a well-functioning nervous system.

How Does Spinal Decompression Work?

Typically, you will receive spinal decompression treatment via a chiropractic traction table, or another similar device. The purpose of spinal decompression is to gently relax and lengthen the spine to create more space between the vertebrae and eliminate pressure on the spinal nerves. 

Generally, we ask our patients to lie down on a table while we attach a secure harness around their hips. Then, under our control, we gradually move the table to create a gentle stretch to the spine. 

This is a comfortable procedure and relief is almost always immediate. 

Spinal Decompression Treatment Plan

Depending on the severity of your accident and subsequent pain, your chiropractor may recommend a series of spinal decompression sessions for a couple of weeks after a car accident. 

Often, this treatment may be used in conjunction with other modalities such as chiropractic adjustments, ultrasound, and heat/cold therapy to maximize results. 

Relieve Pain After an Accident with Spinal Decompression

Get back to a pain-free active lifestyle as soon as possible following a car accident with the help of our chiropractic team at Impact Med Zephyrhills. From spinal decompression to chiropractic adjustments and heat/cold therapy, we will create a treatment plan just for you. 

Say goodbye to neck pain after an accident. Call Impact Med Zephyrhills to schedule an appointment today—(813) 706-5156!