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Dear Dr. Aaron,

I need your expert advice. I was reading online about decompression, and I am very confused! It sounds very painful and uncomfortable. I see on YouTube fancy Y-strap devices. What is decompression and will it help me? My family has some very creative definitions for decompression, my uncle says decompression is a 12 pack of beer and a fishing pole, my aunt says it’s a long day at the mall shopping, and my brilliant spouse says decompression is a flat tire…. Please help!

Feeling compressed in Osage Beach

Dear Compressed,

I think your family is mostly correct, depending on the context of the conversation! Decompression in context of helping improve your health in our office is done with a gentle adjustment and some time on our decompression table. It is a process rather than an event. Motorized traction that gently stretches the spine. The change in position of the spine take pressure off the spinal disks which are gel-like cushions between the vertebrae. By doing so a bulging/herniated disk may retract, taking pressure off the nerves and other structures of the spine. This in turn will help promote healing. Decompression can treat neck and/or low back and sciatica pain from bulging/herniated disks, degenerative disk disease.”

Come in for an appointment and we can see if you are a good decompression candidate.

Always here for you,

Dr. Aaron

P.S. you may see me with a fishing pole decompressing……. Hopefully without a flat tire!

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