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Does Spinal Decompression Make You Taller? Chiropractor Explains

There is a lot of information about spinal decompression and its ability to make people taller. But is it true? Unfortunately, much of it is inaccurate.

As a general rule, spinal decompression will not make you taller. Spinal decompression therapy can increase spinal disc height but does not significantly add inches to a person’s height.

I’m sorry if that disappoints anyone hoping for a few extra inches, but the truth is that spinal decompression therapy is mainly used for therapeutic reasons. Spinal decompression may not make you taller, but it does improve pain and increase your range of motion.

Will Spinal Decompression Make Me Taller?

A lot of people ask me if spinal decompression will make them taller. I’m sorry to say that it won’t. Spinal decompression therapy can increase spinal disc height but not enough to add inches to your height. The primary purpose of spinal decompression therapy is to improve pain and increase the range of motion, not to make people taller.

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How Does Spinal Decompression Improve Pain?

Spinal decompression is a nonsurgical, noninvasive treatment option for neck and back pain caused by spinal disc compression. The goal of spinal decompression is to relieve pain by gently stretching the spine.

This stretching creates negative pressure in the discs, which helps to take pressure off the nerves and spinal cord. Spinal decompression can also help rehydrate the discs, improving their cushioning and shock-absorbing ability. I

n addition, spinal decompression can help to improve circulation in the spinal discs and increase the range of motion in the spine. As a result, spinal decompression can be an effective treatment for neck and back pain.

How Does Spinal Decompression Increase Range Of Mobility?

Spinal decompression aims to stretch the spine and relieve pressure on the spinal disks. This can help to increase the range of motion and reduce pain. Spinal decompression is typically done using a machine that applies gentle traction to the spine. The amount of traction slowly increased over time.

People usually undergo spinal decompression treatments, which may last several weeks or months. There is evidence that spinal decompression can effectively treat back pain and other conditions such as sciatica. A review of studies found that spinal decompression was associated with significant reductions in pain and improved function. Another study showed that spinal decompression was effective in treating degenerative disc disease. These studies suggest spinal decompression may be an effective treatment for back pain and other conditions.

What Conditions Can Spinal Decompression Treat?

Spinal decompression can help treat many limiting aches and pains. Spinal decompression is an effective treatment for managing lower back and neck pain, sciatica, and degenerative disc disease.

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Conditions Spinal Decompression Can Help:

  • Lower back pain.
  • Neck pain.
  • Sciatica.
  • Degenerative disc disease.
  • Hip osteoarthritis.
  • Herniated discs.

When Is Spinal Decompression Necessary?

Spinal decompression is a recommended therapy for many of our clients who are suffering from lower back or neck, or sciatica caused by a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease. However, it is not always necessary. For example, if your symptoms are simply muscular and not caused by something central like a disc or degenerative disc disease, spinal decompression may not be a necessary adjunct to therapy.

Can Spinal Decompression Cause Damage?

Spinal decompression cannot cause damage to the right hand. Getting the client’s positioning perfectly suitable to get the best results and gradually increasing the traction force is essential to spinal decompression. When done correctly, spinal decompression is a very safe and effective treatment.

You Might Not Get Taller, But This Is What You May Feel After Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression will not make you taller, but afterwards, many clients feel relief in the treated area, a release of tightness, and a reduction in pain.

However, it is not uncommon for clients to experience a change or even an increase in their symptoms post-treatment (12-48hrs) due to the changes and adaptation in the body. It is essential to know that this is very normal and a good sign that we have touched a threshold to stimulate change.


Spinal decompression may not make you taller but will help alleviate pain, increase the range of motion, and improve circulation in the spinal discs. If you suffer from neck or back pain, sciatica, or degenerative disc disease, spinal decompression may be an effective treatment.

If you have any questions about whether spinal decompression is correct for you, please contact us. We would be happy to answer any of your questions.

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