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Spinal Decompression – What is it and how does it work?

Is Spinal Decompression Right for You?

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As the leading cause of job-related disability, sufferers of chronic lower back pain know how damaging the condition can be to their quality of life. While there are numerous treatment options available, many patients still have difficulty finding relief from their pain. For these patients, spinal decompression therapy could be a viable option! Read on to learn more about this powerful treatment and how it can benefit you.

What is spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy uses similar methods that chiropractors, osteopaths, and other healthcare providers have been practicing for years. It’s a painless, noninvasive treatment that uses traction (movement) to pull on the spine gently. This mild movement creates negative pressure between vertebrae in the spine to reposition bulging or herniated discs and soothe other conditions. This decrease in pressure also allows a flood of nutrient-rich fluids to wash over inflamed discs and promote healing.

Usually, doctors recommend spinal decompression when other forms of therapy like massage, chiropractic, and physical therapy haven’t relieved symptoms. It’s used to treat those suffering from degenerative disc disease, chronic neck pain, frequent headaches, sciatica, and many other conditions. If you’re unsure if your symptoms can be treated with spinal decompression, reach out to your chiropractor to see what he or she recommends.

How does it work?

During a typical session, patients lie fully clothed on top of a motorized table. In most cases, patients lie on their backs, but some procedures might have them faced down in a prone position. A brace is fitted snugly around

the patient’s torso, which protects the spine’s stability. Then, the brace attached to the movable lower-half of the table. While this lower-half slides forward and back to provide traction for the spine, the upper-half remains fixed to support the head and shoulders.

Your health care practitioner may combine your spinal decompression session with other types of treatments. These might include electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and heat or cold therapy. Your chiropractor will be able to help you find the best combination of treatments for your unique condition.

What is the timeline?

For best results, patients can typically expect to receive 15-20 sessions over the course of four to six weeks.  Sessions can last between 30-45 minutes and should not be painful, although patients will feel moderate stretching sensations. While there is no precise timeline, many patients report significant relief from their symptoms by the fifth or sixth visit. Other patients even experience total relief from their pain at the time of their decompression. But every patient is different, so it might take longer for some patients to see results from spinal decompression therapy.

Who should avoid spinal decompression therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy can hugely beneficial in treating chronic pain and other conditions. But some people might want to avoid it. Pregnant women experiencing lower back and leg pain shouldn’t seek out spinal decompression as it could put it the baby at risk. Likewise, patients with broken vertebrae, spinal fusion, or metal implants should also seek out other forms of treatment.

Want to know more?

Spinal decompression therapy can be a highly effective, noninvasive alternative to painful and potentially disruptive surgical procedures. If you want to learn more, contact the Algonquin Chiropractic Center in Algonquin, Illinois today to set up a consultation.

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Why and How Should I Get Custom Orthotics?

Custom Orthotics Relieve Pain and Improve Motion

If you have neck, arm, leg, or back pain, you probably think treatment has to focus on those areas. However, those symptoms often stem from conditions caused partly by poor body and foot alignment. Your feet are your foundation, and a lack of proper arch support forces your body to shift its weight a certain way to compensate. This leads to problems further up the body. One way Algonquin Chiropractic Center addresses those problems at the root is with custom orthotics.

Custom orthotic shoe inserts are an effective tool to relieve pain and improve motion when treating conditions like sciatica, spinal stenosis, and low back pain. Read on to learn how custom orthotics help, and how Algonquin Chiropractic Center supplies you with orthotics designed for your specific foot shape and condition.

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How Does Chiropractic Care Reduce Opioid Addiction?

Chiropractic Care Can Play a Key Role in Combating the Nation’s Opioid Addiction Epidemic

Opioid Addiction, a class of prescription medications used to treat pain, now qualifies as a “national public health emergency”. Who can help us get this epidemic under control? According to research, one group that may play a leading role is chiropractors. Chiropractic care reduces the use of opioids and can help combat this epidemic—here’s how.

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What Is National Chiropractic Health Month? [Infographic]

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This October, Algonquin Chiropractic Center is participating in National Chiropractic Health Month 2017! Lead by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), chiropractors across the country mark this month by sharing back injury prevention and strengthening tips. We also share the benefits of a conservative approach to back pain treatment, in line with this month’s “Back to Basics” theme.

Read on to learn more about chiropractors, their approach to pain treatment, the benefits of this approach.

Who Are Chiropractors?

A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) is a qualified healthcare professional who focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems as well as how they affect overall health. Approximately 10,000 chiropractic students are currently studying in 18 nationally-accredited programs across the country. About 2,500 doctors of chiropractic enter the workforce every year, and nearly 77,000 doctors of chiropractic treat over 27 million Americans annually.

The federal Medicare program and most states designate doctors of chiropractic as physician-level providers. To become a chiropractor, a chiropractic student has to complete an accredited four-year doctoral graduate school program. The curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of study in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. This is equivalent to the classroom hours required of allopathic and osteopathic doctors (MD and DO).

What Is the Chiropractic Approach to Back Pain?

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Doctors of chiropractic use many methods of healthcare which you’re probably already familiar with, including examination, diagnosis, and treatment. They reject the allopathic approach’s dependence on addictive drugs and invasive surgery, and instead recommend a conservative approach to treating back pain.

First, a doctor of chiropractic will identify the root causes of the pain. This could be a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or any number of other conditions. Rather than simply medicate the symptoms away, a chiropractor inspects and understands the biomechanics of the spine to get to the root of the problem.

Once a diagnosis has been made, the doctor of chiropractic treats the condition with a conservative approach. This can include any combination of the therapeutic and rehabilitative treatments that chiropractors are trained in. Using their broad diagnostic skills, doctors of chiropractic prescribe and administer various exercises and techniques, as well as nutritional and lifestyle counseling.

Examples of treatments carried out by doctors of chiropractic include the Cox Technic, massage therapy, weight training, custom orthotics, and more.

Why Choose Chiropractic for Back Pain?

Among the different types of healthcare practitioners for low-back pain treatment, doctors of chiropractic are the highest rated in terms of patient satisfaction, beating out physical therapists, primary care physicians like family doctors, and specialist physicians like neurologists and orthopedic surgeons. Why? There are two main reasons: cost and effectiveness.

The conservative approach to healthcare is cost effective. On average, low-back pain care initiated by a doctor of chiropractic costs 20% less than low-back pain care initiated by a medical doctor. A lot of this has to do with the reduced chance of surgery: 42.7% if your first point of contact is with a medical doctor or surgeon, compared to only 1.5% if your first point of contact is with a doctor of chiropractic.

However, the results you get in return are better than those you get from the medical doctor’s treatments. Chiropractic outperforms all other back pain treatments including deep-tissue massage, yoga and pilates, and both over-the-counter and prescription medications. A systematic review in 2010 revealed that most studies indicate equal or better short-term and long-term improvements in pain and function with spinal manipulation (a chiropractic technique) compared to other common methods.

So, chiropractic provides equal or better improvements to your back pain with less invasive treatments and at a lower cost. This National Chiropractic Health Month, take some time to let us educate you about what our work can do for you. Give Algonquin Chiropractic Center a call at (847) 854-2000 to speak with a doctor of chiropractic in Algonquin, IL and learn how conservative care can help you take your life back!

Cut Health Care Costs – See a Chiropractor

Every year in the US alone, $300 billion is spent on pain treatment – mostly for neck or back pain. Roughly two-thirds of the population has pursued treatment for this at some point. Luckily, today there are better options such as physical therapy and chiropractic care. Unfortunately, medical licensing laws are making these options difficult to use.

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According to research by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, medical occupational licensing laws are negatively affecting the health care market. This includes the laws that require patients to see a physician before pursuing other treatments as well as laws that restrict medical professionals from performing certain tasks.

It was found that expanding the chiropractic practice, allowing them to perform other routine medical tasks, lead to an 8.6 percent increase in their income. How does this affect the patients receiving chiropractic care? Due to the legislative change, it was concluded that patients were more comfortable with the chiropractic services and the visits were about 35 percent less than before.

However, the typical US family is still choosing to see their family physician rather than a chiropractor, but why? There are a few reasons why this may be occurring. They may be happy with their physician or just complacent. Possibly they are unaware of alternative health care options. Or perhaps it is because physicians hold the power to terminate access to their competitors due to their position on medical licensing boards.

What is the big deal? More often, physicians prescribe invasive treatments like surgery and medication while chiropractors would not. Those treatments are not only more expensive but often come alongside many more health risks.

 

Chiropractors have not always had the authority to perform blood drawings or even discuss over-the-counter medications with patients. It wasn’t until the mid-1990’s that they earned the ability to do so. Having to seek the care of a physician prior to chiropractic visits lead to a lack of confidence and trust for chiropractic care. In the late-1970’s three states (California, Maryland and Nebraska) granted direct access to physical therapists and chiropractors without physician referral – giving patients freedom to seek alternative healthcare options. By the mid-1990’s several other states began allowing chiropractors to perform blood drawings and therefore permitting direct access for patients.

Fortunately, all states today allow patients direct access to chiropractors and physical therapists. Unfortunately, there are still many limitations such as restricting the number of visits a patient can make to a chiropractor without a physician referral.

In severe cases, surgery could be necessary or perhaps may be the only viable option. However, most often the non-invasive, less expensive treatment of chiropractic care is the best solution. Sadly, physicians hold the power over chiropractors due to their position on the state medical licensing boards.

To find out more about how chiropractic care is the best treatment for your neck or back pain, call Algonquin Chiropractic Center today! We offer a wide range of non-invasive treatments for all types of aches and pains.

Algonquin Chiropractic Center
2210 Huntington Drive North
Algonquin, IL 60102

 

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