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Spinal Decompression

Dr. Danto's personal journey with spinal decompression for his bulging disc began around 20 years ago. His symptoms had progressed to the point that they were interfering significantly with his life. In reviewing the options using common conservative and alternative medical approaches he realized it was time to research even deeper. His research re-examined the literature at a fundamental level by reviewing functional anatomy of the lumbosacral spine for clues on the specific physiology and pathology that may lead to other possible treatments. The possibility of pumping fluid and nutrition back in the disc led Dr. Danto to find nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy (SDT). After attaining relief from his bulging and degenerating disc through decompression therapy he bought his first spinal decompression table. Flash forward 20-years to opening and establishing in the summer of 2022 the Danto Osteopathic Clinic: We've invested in the most up-to-date spinal decompression table by Hill Laboratories, the HillDT (Hill Decompression Table). 

Take a look at our approach to noninvasive spinal decompression therapy (SDT) with our handbook, originally created in 2006 and updated in 2023.

During a nonsurgical SDT session, the patient lies on the decompression table, which is connected to a computer-controlled system. The system uses a series of gentle pulls and releases, which allows the muscle to relax without spasm, to create a negative pressure within the spinal discs. This gradual stretch and negative pressure pulls in fluid and nutrition to support a healing environment at the cellular level for the discs.


The therapy is typically performed over a series of sessions, with each session lasting 30 minutes to an hour. Patients generally experience a gentle pulling sensation during the nonsurgical SDT, but it is usually not associated with pain. About half of the session is spent on the machine and the other half is spent receiving therapy to prevent the reflex spasm that is possible when these sensitive nerves are stimulated even through therapeutic means. 

At the Danto Osteopathic Clinic we are doing our best to meet your healthcare needs while making you feel at home. To meet your needs we have created a comprehensive approach to degenerative disc disease & other spine degenerative changes. Just like a stool or a table that needs 3 legs to stand up we have 3 basic components to your treatment:

1. HillDT® Spinal Decompression Table

2. Osteopathic Manual Treatment (OMT)

3. Home Program

Each of these components address a different aspect of the pathological changes that have been happening in your back. It is our belief that in many respects our program is true anti-aging medicine. The foundation of that belief is through our understanding of the physiologic “degenerative changes” that occur in the discs. Most often "degeneration" means an irreversible process. However, we have seen many patients with the classic picture associated with degenerative disc disease reverse and improve both symptomatically and clinically as evidenced by MRI findings.

The diagnosis of degenerative disease is  based on a person’s symptoms, the physical exam findings, and upon radiologic studies like x-ray or MRI. In our experience, patient's treated with our regimen of non-invasive spinal decompression, OMT, lifestyle modification, and possibly medical acupuncture may experience change in any of these or all of these areas. Additionally, most patients experience some kind of improvement within the first month of treatment.

Dr. Danto created a guidebook to better prepare people for what to expect during their time in our program. We encourage patients to review the booklet from front to back & implement the recommendations contained within. Our greatest pleasure takes place when our patient’s report that they are feeling better!

As our bank of successful cases of patients treated with Nonsurgical Spinal Decompression Therapy (SDT) and Osteopathic Medicine build we are filling a gap in the medical literature by publishing case reports.

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