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Spinal Decompression Treatment

Long Axis Adjustment | Y-strap technique

Let us know if this sounds familiar. You wake up every morning feeling stiff, you have pain in the neck, and upper back and it shoots down to your tailbone or you have pain that burns and leads to the arms or down your legs and you find it difficult to walk normally without excruciating pain? If this is you, you may be suffering from a compressed spine. A spinal decompression treatment could be a great option to relieve your neck and back pain. 


Our Mt Pleasant Chiropractors here at Coastal Carolina Chiropractic offer a patient-specific spinal decompression treatment. You will receive an individualized assessment and chiropractic care specifically for your adjustment needs. Call us now at (843) 284-2273 to learn more and you can get a same day appointment or come by our clinic, to ask us any questions you may have. We are locate at: 721 Long Point Rd Ste 403, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 and we look forward to seeing you soon. Learn more about Spinal Decompression below:

What is Spinal Decompression?

A Spinal Decompression or Long Axis Adjustment is a less invasive and more natural alternative to spinal surgery. It has been found to be effective in alleviating back pain, sciatica, and other spine-related conditions. Spinal Decompression Chiropractic is often used as a nonoperative treatment for patients who have a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or chronic low back pain.

The chiropractic industry has been using spinal decompression for many years now, but it has only recently become popular among the general population due to social media. New research has found that spinal decompression can be effective in treating chronic back pain as well as other conditions.


The compression on your spine can cause many problems, including Pain and discomfort in your back, neck, and/or head, stiffness or aching of your muscles and joints, Inadequate blood flow to your body's organs, and Inadequate oxygen circulation to the brain. In the next section, you will learn how Dr. J utilizes the Y-Strap adjustment to give his patients neck and back pain relief. 

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What is a Y Strap Adjustment?

The Y-Strap spinal decompression adjustment is a type of traction or spinal decompression adjustment that involves the use of a strap or towel to stretch or lightly pull and decompress the vertebral discs up and down or along the Vertical Axis or Y-Axis of your spine to give relief to the vertebrae, discs, ligaments, and muscles surrounding the spine. 

The Y Strap adjustment can be used before and after traction to loosen the joint capsule, reduce inflammation and tenderness, mobilize the spine, relieve joints and allow for a greater range of motion. The Y-Strap technique is normally utilized after a full spinal adjustment when the spine, muscles, ligaments, and joints have been stretched and or mobilized. 

How is a Y-Strap Adjustment Performed?

As stated above, a Y-Strap adjustment is usually performed after a full spinal adjustment so that the neck, back and spine are prepared for the technique. After the adjustment, Doctor Pryor will have you lay straight on your back utilizing the chiropractic adjustment table looking forward and your arms straight at your side or crossed on your chest and he will have you take deep breaths and guide you to relax. 


Dr. J will then stand behind you looking down at your head and place a Y strap or towel underneath your chin above the neck. Both ends of the straps will be placed on the back of the neck (base of the skull) and holding up the back of your head. At this time, Doctor Pryor will hold the  two ends of the y-strap/towel and lightly pull your head up and toward his body, this starts to gently decompress the spine.

As your head is being gently pulled, you may start to feel Dr. J using the y strap/towel to move your head/neck left and right or in a side to side motion to mobilize and prepare the spine for further decompression. Once Doctor Pryor feels and knows that the spine is mobile and ready, this is when he will perform a quick-tug of the y-strap/towel, creating a good crack that decompresses the vertebrae and relieves the pressure on your vertebral discs in your spine. Trust us when we say that this will be an amazing feeling. 


Contact Us!

Now that you have learned what Spinal Decompression using the Y Strap / Long Access adjustment is, give us a Call and set up a same day appointment. We accept BlueCrossBlueShield(tm) and UnitedHealthcare(tm). You can also book an appointment, click the button below to set up a date and time and we will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for considering Coastal Carolina Chiropractic!

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