Laser-Enhanced Decompression Therapy

A Proven Non-Surgical Solution for Severe Pain

What is spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal Decompression Therapy, approved by the FDA in 2001 for disc injuries, is not only the least invasive form of treatment for disc pain but it is the most cost-effective treatment for herniated and degenerative spinal discs, and spinal stenosis; one of the major causes of back and neck pain.

Spinal decompression therapy is a proven non-surgical treatment for chronic neck pain and low chronic back pain caused by:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Facet syndrome

  • Bulging/Herniated Discs

  • Failed Back Syndrome

  • Sciatica

  • Spinal Stenosis

How Spinal Decompression Works

Spinal decompression gently lengthens and decompresses the spine, creating negative pressure within your discs which significantly reduces intradiscal pressure and creates a vacuum affect on the herniated tissue. This natural vacuum helps to reposition bulging discs and retract the extruded disc material which therefore takes the pressure off of pinched nerves.  This therapy may additionally increase the spacing between the vertebra as the involved discs are rehydrated, allowing even more room for the nerve. Then as the disc rehydrates, its shock absorbing capabilities are restored reducing mechanical stress on the related structures (facet joints and supporting ligamentous tissues) slowing or halting the osteoarthritic damage.


The combination of Spinal Decompression Therapy with Laser Therapy helps to give you that “one-two” punch to knock out your pain fast.

How Laser Therapy Works

Laser therapy aims to photo-biostimulate chemically damaged cells via specific wavelengths of light.  When cells are chemically damaged they stimulate the pain cycle. Laser excites the kinetic energy within cells by transmitting healing stimuli known as photons.

The skin absorbs these photons via a photo-chemical effect.  Once photons reach the cells of the body, they promote a cascade of cellular activities.  Laser therapy light can ignite the production of enzymes, stimulate mitochondria, increase vasodilation and lymphatic drainage, ATP synthesis, and elevate collagen formation substances to prevent the formation of scar tissues.  This is a critical step in reducing long term disabling chronic myofascial pain syndromes. Other formative cells are also positively influenced and immune enhancing effects are increased in the number of macrophages. Simply stated, laser enables patients to get out of pain faster and heal at the same time.

Laser therapy helps speed up pain relief but it also:

  • Accelerates wound healing. The energy from the cold laser speeds cellular growth and reproduction and prompts the development of fibroblasts, cells that play a vital role in wound healing. The result is a faster recovery from injury.

  • Reduces swelling and inflammation. Swelling and inflammation may be part of the body’s natural response to an injury, but they often contribute to the patient’s discomfort and limit their ability to move the damaged area. With less inflammation and swelling, patients see a decrease in bruising and discomfort and an increase in mobility.

  • Decreases scar tissue. Cold laser therapy reduces the formation of fibrous tissue during the recovery process, so less scar tissue forms as surgical incisions, cuts, scratches, and burns heal.

  • Improves vascular activity. Treatment with laser energy encourages blood and lymph circulation, flooding the affected tissue with the raw materials the body needs to perform repairs on its tissues.

  • Enhances metabolic activity. The laser’s energy spurs increased oxygen delivery to the targeted area, prompts a more effective immune response, and fuels a greater output of specific enzymes. This additional activity contributes to speedier healing.

  • Stimulates nerve function. When nerve function in damaged tissue lags, the result is numbness or loss of function. The light energy emitted by the cold laser supports the recovery and reconnection of nerve cells, speeding the restoration of feeling and control to the site of the injury.

  • Reduces pain. Cold laser therapy fights pain in multiple ways. For starters, it supports faster healing, and a shorter recovery time means less time spent being uncomfortable. More directly, this therapy is effective in decreasing inflammation, swelling, scar tissue, and nerve dysfunction. Since these are all factors that can cause discomfort, reducing their impact means the patient experiences less pain.

Laser therapy combined with Spinal Decompression enhances the nervous system’s ability to direct healing resources, and helps to jumpstart the healing processes locally. This multifaceted approach speeds up the injury recovery process and provides long lasting relief.

How ReliefCare is Used for Decompression Therapy

ReliefCare is a non-surgical, drug-free, fast-acting protocol that has been developed and mastered for over 30 years by Dr. Christopher Cordima. ReliefCare is a scientific approach that combines FDA cleared technologies and state-of-the-art therapies which together provides a cumulative effect that increases the healing mechanism within the body.

ReliefCare uses innovative FDA approved technologies that addresses three key areas to help achieve long-lasting pain relief:

  • ReliefCare treats the source of the disc pain to achieve relief as fast as possible.
  • ReliefCare helps to reduce chronic inflammation which in turn improves the immune system and enhances the mitochondrial energy which our cells need to fight off the risk of disease.
  • ReliefCare restores function so the body can heal properly and fight against disease-related conditions that cause disc pain.

What Types of Therapies are Used in ReliefCare?

It’s extremely difficult to explain medical therapies and services via the internet or over the phone versus in-person. As always, we would like you to call (617) 629-2600 and make an appointment for your first consultation. From there, we can meet, explain and show you the different ReliefCare therapies being used by our patients today.

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