Patients seeking Y-Strap adjustments in the Denver area can now come to Dorsa Chiropractic in Denver Colorado to work with Dr. Christopher Dorsa. An experienced sports chiropractor, Dr. Dorsa is proud to introduce this innovative decompression treatment for our patients seeking relief from pain, tension, lost flexibility, and reduced range of motion.


We view each patient’s list of symptoms and concerns from a whole-body perspective when designing treatment plans. Our office’s Y-Strap adjustments come in addition to our complete roster of chiropractic services covering manual adjustments, dry needling, infrared laser therapy, decompression therapy, the Graston technique, the muscle release technique, Kinesio-taping, and custom orthotics. Dr. Dorsa and the Pro Performance team specialize in sports chiropractic, wellness chiropractic, auto injury chiropractic, and prenatal chiropractic care. Our partnerships with CrossFit Eminence and NeuAbility allow us to offer access to an integrated network of alternative medicine providers specializing in massage, acupuncture, exercise, and more.

Y-strap adjustments can be effective for providing fast relief from pain and restrictions caused by compression in the neck and spine. This is a gentle, non-invasive treatment. In many cases, addressing compression can help to make other treatments more effective by relieving the source of inflammation. Learn more about how Y-Strap therapy is being used for better spine health, injury recovery, and injury prevention.

What is Y-Strap Therapy?

While Y-Strap therapy may seem like an innovative technique, the concept has actually been used for more than 100 years. The Y-strap is a decompression tool that is used to stretch the back to release pressure from the vertebrae within the spine. The Y-Strap technique is inspired by manual spine traction techniques that reduce vertebral tension.

The first step to getting a Y-Strap adjustment is connecting with a licensed, reputable chiropractor here in the Denver area. An evaluation is always necessary to confirm that Y-Strap therapy is an appropriate treatment option. Generally, Y-Strap therapy is considered a very safe, gentle, and effective treatment without restrictions regarding who can benefit from the techniques used.

What to Expect From Y-Strap Therapy

During an adjustment with the Y-Strap, the lower part of the “Y” is gently wrapped around the patient’s neck. Next, Dr. Dorsa uses the handles on the contraption to manually stretch the spine by pulling the head in alignment with the body’s Y-axis. The force creates decompression within the spine’s vertebral discs. Dr. Dorsa will tailor the technique and force level used based on factors like weight, age, physical condition, stature, underlying conditions, and spinal condition. The need for custom pressure highlights the importance of only working with a trained, certified chiropractor when exploring Y-Strap adjustments.

A Y-Strap adjustment can be customized based on a patient’s needs. Dr. Dorsa can adjust the speed and force used to address your specific type of compression. Generally, the motion is performed very slowly and smoothly. However, it’s also possible to integrate high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) movements into this therapy. In studies, HVLA has been shown to produce positive outcomes for everything from cervical radiculopathy to post-surgical pain. One advantage offered by Y-Strap adjustments over other forms of HVLA is that the Y-Strap technique relies on a straight angle without torsion for stronger injury prevention.

What Do Y-Strap Adjustments Help With?

Y-Strap adjustments can typically help with compression created by all causes. Spinal compression is increasingly becoming a problem in our screen-dominated society. Improper posture is one of the biggest culprits. Staring at screens using a “stooping” posture can cause compression in the upper part of the back. We commonly see this with people who work from home, use devices for homework, or consume entertainment on personal devices. However, compression can also occur as a result of improper posture during work duties, household duties, sports, workouts, and more. Both repetitive motions and sudden injuries can cause compression. Some telltale signs of spinal compression include:

  • Back pain.
  • Back stiffness.
  • Neck pain.
  • Neck stiffness.
  • Numbness and tingling.
  • Lost flexibility.
  • Reduced range of motion.
  • Cramping in the arms, legs, and feet.
  • Foot drop.
  • Limb and extremity weakness.

Spinal compression causes pain and inflammation that can spread to areas that are connected through the body’s nervous system to create a condition called referred pain. That means that vertebral compression can cause pain and reduced usability in arms, legs, hands, and feet. It can even lead to headaches. One of the more insidious qualities of spinal compression is that it will cut off circulation and blood flow. This will ultimately rob discs of the nutrients they need to thrive. Patients then experience exacerbated symptoms caused by a combination of painful compression mixed with a lack of nutrients getting to the compressed area.

Book an Appointment for Y-Strap Therapy in Denver Colorado

Let’s discover if your pain, discomfort, or reduced range of motion could be caused by vertebral compression. Y-Strap therapy is one of the best options for treating compression quickly. In addition, other decompression and stretching therapies may be helpful in getting your body back in full alignment. Reach out to the Pro Performance team today to book your appointment!

Frequently Asked Questions About Y-Strap Technique

Y-Strap therapy is designed to be a comfortable experience for patients. However, you will feel the gentle pulls and jerking motions during the process. Some patients actually become overwhelmed by the feeling of relief they experience.

Some athletes do find that Y-Strap therapy is helpful for performance and injury prevention. This treatment should only be done under the guidance of an experienced, trained sports chiropractor.

While some companies sell Y-Straps, attempting this technique on your own is not recommended due to risks for injury.

Y-Strap therapy can be used as a preventative measure against serious compression for people with lifestyles that make them vulnerable to spinal pressure.