115 E. Main St.
Knoxville, IA 50318


DTS Therapy

Dr. Larry Formanek, a chiropractor in Knoxville, Iowa, provides highly effective pain relief treatments utilizing DTS (Decompression Traction System). The DTS treatment method is a non-surgical alternative medical procedure to help relieve your cervical (neck) or lumbar (low- back) pain.

Clinical studies of the DTS treatment method are reporting more than 70 percent of patients show significant reductions in their pain and a large portion of patients report the elimination of pain.┬áThousands of people across the country are enjoying the benefits of DTS treatment. We’re eager to help you learn if you too are a candidate for this treatment method.

The DTS treatment method is a safe and effective treatment for pain without the risks associated with surgery, anesthesia, infection, injections, or prescription medications. As you might imagine, the DTS treatment method is rapidly gaining popularity due to its exceptional results in treating low-back pain without surgery.

The DTS treatment method uses FDA approved equipment. Simply described, this method of treatment uses a therapeutic table that is connected to a computer to electronically distract and decompress your spinal structures. You rest on the table while a padded harness focuses gentle distractive force along your spinal column. This decompresses your spine. Specifically involved are the discs, joints and spinal muscles, the three structures that produce most of your pain.

Prior to beginning treatments we evaluate you to determine if you are a candidate. Your medical history, X-rays, and CT/MRI scans are carefully reviewed. If you are a candidate for therapy, an individual treatment plan is created for your specific needs. A typical plan may be as few as 12 to 15 treatments. It is important to complete your treatment plan and thus the full healing process, even if you start to feel improvement early on. It is not uncommon to experience a significant reduction in pain early in your treatments.

At the beginning of each session you are fitted with a comfortable harness designed to offer optimal decompression. You are fully dressed and a specially-trained technician will make sure that you are properly positioned for comfort, safety and effectiveness. The computer is programmed in accordance with your specific treatment plan and your session commences. Additionally, you are in complete control and can shut down the treatment at any time if discomfort should occur.

During each session you experience multiple cycles of distraction/ relaxation which may take 15- 20 minutes to complete. Each cycle is between 3-5 minutes. This equipment is designed to apply precisely-controlled tension along the axis of your spinal column creating decompression of the intervertebral discs. This process is fully automated and administered by a computer, which is monitored by an attending technician. During the distraction cycle you may feel some relief of pressure in the area where your pain exists.

During this time, your body is responding by flooding the area with valuable oxygen, blood and nutrients which help promote your body’s natural healing process.