Is the pain in your neck, back, or legs at an all-time high? If you’ve had no luck finding treatment options in the Acworth, GA area, contact Cornerstone Chiropractic in Hiram to see if we could help improve your quality of life and reduce the pain you are experiencing. Generally, chiropractors offer manual adjustments (manipulation or massage) to help rid you of symptoms, but Cornerstone also provides an advanced, quick, and painless treatment option! Continue reading to learn more about Spinal Decompression Therapy (SDT).
What Is Spinal Decompression?
SDT is a treatment alternative you may not know to look for when researching back or neck pain options. This therapy is an alternative to traditional surgical spinal decompression or Lumbar decompression surgery, a surgical procedure to release pressure in your spinal column (creating negative pressure). SDT works similarly, allowing slow and precise movements of your body to align your spine and reduce the pain and pressure caused by your condition but without invasive surgery.
Chiropractic care can give you an affordable opportunity to leave the aches and pains behind and start enjoying your life again, and SDT is an excellent treatment to achieve that goal! Many patients who have undergone the procedure have reported feeling better as early as the first appointment. SDT is a non-invasive option you could try before resorting to extreme measures and can help, if not prevent, pain and discomfort.
What Should I Expect From Spinal Decompression?
Pain-Free and Minimally Invasive
During this process, you will be asked to lie on a motorized traction table. Once positioned, a brace or harness will be attached to your hips, securing the lower half of your body. Your upper body will remain stationary on the table. The table will then move, assisted by a computer, to allow slow and precise movements of your spinal column into a more optimal position. The procedure is painless, and patients often report that it gave them some relief. However, every patient’s experience and results will differ. Many factors determine how effective the treatment will be, such as; a patient’s symptoms, daily diet, exercise activities, and how often they get treated.
Don’t Hold Yourself Back
Spinal Decompression Therapy is considerably more precise than manual re-adjustment , which is when your provider uses their hands to massage the area or modify your posture to relieve pressure and pain. It’s also important to note that when you undergo manual adjustments, your body will naturally react by attempting to pull in the other direction to compensate. This natural reaction can inhibit the success of manual therapies. For that reason, SDT may be a better choice for treatment for you.
How Long Does The Treatment Last?
The standard practice is for patients to attend 12 to 20 SDT sessions over about six weeks. However, your provider may adjust the frequency or length of time these treatments are needed based on the severity of your condition and symptoms. Most treatments last a minimum of 30 minutes and average about 40-45 minutes. All treatment plans may not be the same. Much of that depends on the patient and which Chiropractor they select.
Is Spinal Decompression Effective?
It’s a simple and quick process.
Spinal Decompression Therapy is an adaptable treatment plan, because it can be used alone or in combination with other treatments to provide you relief. SDT machines use traction to move your spinal column into a more optimal position. Maneurvering your body this way allows your discs (the cushion between the small bones) to move back to where they are needed, to protect the bones from impact and motion. You will likely be given some instruction on some follow up exercises you can do at home, to strengthen your posture and over all health. Massage and manual adjustments can also be made if your chiropractor thinks you’ll benefit from it.
Results you’ve been waiting for.
Some patients have reported improvement after the first session. However, all cases are different and depending on the severity of your condition, it may take a few sessions before you notice significant improvement. Considering that, SDT is still a very simple, affordable treatment option that has shown results. Your chiropractor will examine you and discuss your treatment options ahead of time, so you’ll have a better idea of how things will go moving forward. You have nothing to lose and potentially a pain-free life to gain!
What Can Spinal Decompression Therapy Do For Me?
A healthier spinal column means less pain.
If your spinal column is misaligned, the protective discs between the bones move out of their natural position. The lack of protection can lead to pressure on your nerves, causing pain, tingling and numbness. SDT works to correct your spinal alignment, allowing the discs to be manipulated back into place, if they don’t do so naturally.
Little To No Recovery Time
Unlike the surgical procedure, you can visit for SDT in the middle of your week and be fine to go back to work the next day. SDT is a gentle procedure, that won’t leave you swollen and sore. It’s non-invasive and won’t require a lengthy recovery time. You should definitely speak to your provider about SDT before you consider more extreme alternatives, so you can get back to living your life the way you want.
Would you like to know more?
There is always more to learn. Here are a few other questions our Acworth, GA patients have asked. Cornerstone Chiropractic is here to help you learn and heal and we will answer every question you might have as our patient.
What is the success rate of spinal decompression therapy?
Research suggests that spinal decompression therapy provides positive, lasting results to 70-90% of patients. While some patients saw results more quickly than others, most of the trials ended with positive feedback from the treatment. SDT is a gentle procedure that could improve or eliminate your chronic pain.
Does spinal decompression therapy help with a pinched nerve?
Yes, SDT can treat bulging or herniated discs, which usually lead to pinched nerves. It can also help to treat chronic limb pain, and degenerative disc disease. This treatment is meant to help your body do what it is supposed to do naturally, align the parts of your spinal column that are causing discomfort.
Can I get receive spinal decompression therapy while I’m pregnant?
We do not advise spinal decompression therapy for expecting mothers. Pressure to the abdomen while pregnant is never a good idea. There are likely other alternative your chiropractor can offer you if youre pregnant and experiencing consistent pain.