Disc Decompression

A bulging disc can occur for many reasons, but most people who suffer pain from a bulging disc don’t really care how they got it, they simply need to ease the pain and return to life.

Where does the pain come from?

The pain comes from part of the disc touching the nerve that runs down the leg. It is this bulging disc that comes in contact with the nerve that runs down the leg and creates inflammation. This is felt as pain, and is sometimes called sciatica.

How does the disc come in contact with the nerve?

There are many reasons, but generally speaking the spine has been under some pressure and the disc simply gives way, the inner disc material protrudes outside of the disc, or it pushes into the outer layers of the disc which creates the bulge.

What can create pressure on a vertebral disc?

  • Heavy lifting (irrespective of lifting posture)
  • Sneezing/coughing (as little as once)
  • Bending/seating with sustained poor postur
  • The list goes on…

What can be done?

While surgery is an option it is not a preferred one.

Disc Decompression is the latest non surgical approach to bulging discs. A negative pressure is performed within the disc causing it to retract back and remove the pressure from the nerve. Our Physiotherapists use special tables and equipment to achieve this goal.


We understand that you might have many more questions about the pain your experiencing with your bulging disc. We are happy to discuss your options, and try to assist you to a pain free life.

COVID-19 Update: Our clinics are currently closed. Please click for more info.

Dear Family Physiotherapy Centre Clients,

We remain dedicated to improving the health of our patients – especially those with compromised immune systems – and as such, will be following the recommendations from the Ottawa Public Health Department.

We have closed our clinics for an indefinite period of time to contribute to the collective efforts in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

All physiotherapy and massage therapy sessions are suspended until further notice. As the situation develops, we will continue to assess when it will be safe to return and will be in contact as soon as possible to reschedule your appointments.

Your therapists and/or another team member will be in touch throughout the upcoming days to provide you with updates and we will be sure to connect with you once we are able to reopen in order to reschedule your appointment.

As the fight against COVID-19 affects us all, I invite you to stay up to date on the latest developments to help reduce the risk to yourself and those around you.

Please contact us at info@familyphysio.com if you have any questions or concerns
We will do our absolute best to assist or direct your message to the appropriate person.

We look forward to seeing you again once circumstances have improved and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

With your well being at heart,

Steve Brown
President & CEO
Family Physiotherapy Centres Inc.