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Spinal Decompression for Back Pain

Chronic back pain is one of the reasons why most people utilize chiropractic care. Degenerative bone conditions in the setting of physiological aging or pathological systemic disorders can affect the integrity of spinal region by increasing the risk of disc prolapse, disc herniation or other spinal conditions.

Untreated or poorly managed back pain due to organic reasons may lead to complications such as:

  • Nerve impingement
  • Nerve, muscle and bone damage due to persistent pressure on the associated structures of vertebrae.
  • Poor quality of life
  • Severe pain that may increase the risk of developing renal, kidney, liver damage as a result of chronic intake of pain-relieving medications
  • Sometimes people develop numbness of arms and legs along with tingling sensations due to neurological involvement.

What is Spinal Decompression?

Back pain in the setting of spinal herniation, disc prolapse, spinal stenosis and other types of spinal degenerative diseases can be largely managed by inducing traction to realign spinal segments by subjecting the vertebrae to negative pressure. Spinal decompression allow chiropractors to alleviate the pressure and stress from compressed spinal segments to optimize healing and recovery.

Nashville chiropractor Dr. Jim Sweeney provides instrumental spinal decompression in addition to manual spinal adjustments in order to alleviate compression and symptoms associated with disc degeneration.

Spinal decompression is also combined with other modes of chiropractic therapies at our Nashville office, based on individual preferences and patient requirements; such as:

  • Corrective exercises and postures (such as partial inversion or inversion to provide necessary spinal traction)
  • Myofascial release to prevent recurrence of back pain episodes in future
  • Flexibility and strength training to improve the stability and power of spinal muscles and connective tissue.

If you are experiencing troubling back pain or symptoms of spinal compression, remember that delaying medical treatment could lead to worsening symptoms or neurological damage. Contact Nashville chiropractor Dr. Jim Sweeney to get out of pain today


Who Would Benefit From Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Do you have back pain and wonder if spinal decompression therapy is for you? Would you give almost anything to get some relief but aren’t sure if this is the avenue to take? Before you can answer questions like these, you need to know exactly what spinal decompression therapy is.

Spinal Decompression Therapy Defined

Spinal decompression therapy involves the use of a motorized device (sometimes called a traction table) to elongate and stretch your spine. Although it sounds like something from medieval times, it is actually a very gentle process used by many chiropractors, osteopaths, and other doctors as an effective pain treatment option.

The goal of this type of therapy is to provide you with relief of your back pain without subjecting you to a lifetime of brain-altering pain medications or invasive surgery. It essentially relieves the pressure on your discs slowly and naturally, while helping your spine return to better health.

Who It Helps

So, who would benefit from spinal decompression therapy and the pain relief that it offers? Here are just a few conditions that respond very well to this particular treatment method:

  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerating disc disease
  • Sciatica

Basically, it helps almost anyone with back, leg or neck pain. So, whether you have a sedentary lifestyle that makes your back ache from lack of movement, or you’re physically active and can feel the effects on your spine, spinal decompression therapy can help lessen your pain and improve your quality of life.

If you’re looking for a Nashville chiropractor that wants to ease your pain naturally, yet effectively, Dr. Jim Sweeney in Nashville, TN is there for you. Don’t wait for relief to find you. Come to us and we’ll lead you straight to it!


Why Most Office Workers Could Use Spinal Decompression Therapy

If you spend your work day stuck behind a desk in the Nashville, TN area, spinal decompression therapy may be just what you need to help your body survive your sedentary job. In fact, having a desk job that requires you to remain in the same position eight or more hours per day can be just as damaging to your spine as being employed in a position that requires intense physical labor.

You may not be lifting heavy objects or engaging in a lot of back-breaking job functions, but sitting for long periods of time can cause your spine to essentially compress, leaving you with aches and pain that feel like you’ve strained it. We aren’t meant to be stationary creatures so when you don’t move around every once in a while, things freeze up and problems begin.

Think of your spine like a piece of metal left to rust if it isn’t used regularly. Spinal decompression therapy keeps all of your discs and their surrounding fluids in place so that you can move about easily and painlessly – both at work and at home.

Dr. Jim Sweeney is a well-known Nashville chiropractor who treats many office workers who strive to do their best at their desk job without having to suffer from the side effects. The best part is that with spinal decompression therapy, you don’t have to take weeks off work to recover from back surgery or try to make it through your day with pain-medication brain haze.

All you have to do is come to Sweeney Chiropractic and prepare to slowly and gently elongate your spine. Sounds relaxing, doesn’t it? Good, because it is.


3 Common Auto Injuries

Whether on the highway or in a parking lot, car crashes often result in injuries. The most common auto injuries – whiplash, headaches, and soft tissue injuries – have the potential to lead to chronic symptoms and long-term pain. If you have been in an auto collision in Nashville, learn how to recognize the signs of these common injuries, and what you can do to treat them.


During a car accident, the vehicle decelerates suddenly, pushing your body into the seat while your head remains stationary. The resulting stretching of the joints and ligaments of the neck can cause whiplash injuries. Symptoms include neck pain or stiffness, dizziness, or headaches. Severe whiplash can also result in fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances, and a wide range of additional symptoms. Some whiplash symptoms appear immediately following the accident, while others may not be apparent for several days.

If you experience neck pain after being involved in a car accident, seek medical treatment promptly. If left untreated, whiplash injuries can cause chronic pain lasting months or even years. Nashville chiropractor Dr. Jim Sweeney frequently sees auto injury patients, providing treatments such as spinal decompression to alleviate neck and back pain and prevent chronic whiplash injuries.


You don't have to hit your head on anything during the crash to end up with a headache. Immediate deceleration often causes a headache after an auto collision. Many of these headaches will go away on their own within a few days, but some stick around. If you still have a headache three days after the accident, seek medical attention. Headaches can be a sign of serious injuries or problems in the cervical spine.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Injuries such as sprains and strains affect the soft tissues, which include the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Strained muscle, sprained ligaments, bruises, muscle aches, and joint pain are some of the types of soft tissue injuries you may notice following a car accident. Mild soft tissue injuries generally heal quickly, though more severe symptoms can linger for months.

Seek Chiropractic Care Promptly

If you have any symptoms, such as pain, following a car accident, seek medical attention immediately. If your auto injury pain is severe, go to the emergency room. For other aches and pain, see your Nashville chiropractor as soon as possible. Visit Sweeney Chiropractic to learn more about how chiropractic care can help to alleviate your auto injury pain. Delaying treatment could result in chronic symptoms or create problems with your insurance claim.


Advanced Spinal Decompression

Advanced spinal decompression is achieved through the use of a decompression table that controls the force and angle of disc distraction. This enhanced control allows non-surgical spinal decompression tables to apply a traction force to the discs of the spinal column reducing intradiscal pressure.

Spinal decompression is safe and effective without the normal risks associated with invasive procedures such as injections, anesthesia or surgery. Spinal decompression works through a series of treatments with a total treatment time of 30 minutes. The amount of treatments is determined by the physician depending on the severity of the condition. During the decompression phase the pressure in the disc is reduced and a vacuum type of effect is produced on the inner parts of the disc. At the same time the reduction of pressure on the disc allows for it to heal properly.

Our advanced spinal decompression system (DX2) has revolutionized the treatment of back pain and neck pain by combining the benefits of traction and light therapy into one simple-to-administer treatment. The DX2 also features a digital goniometer that automatically calculates and digitally displays the rope angle allowing for targeted traction therapy to the specific disc/discs that is/are injured, hence, speeding up the healing process. Our advance spinal decompression system has a success rate near 90%.

 Please call 615-331-7040 to schedule your consultation to see if you are a candidate for treatment.


Facts about Drugs

  • Over 225,000 people die annually due to medical mistakes.
  • Statistics prove prescription drugs are 16,400% more deadly than terrorists
  • 46%  of Americans take at least one prescription pill daily
  • In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that pharmaceutical drug overdoses killed 33,000 people that year
  • 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications
  • The United States has the greatest annual sickness-care expenditure of any nation; $912 billion in 1993 alone.  If money and medical treatment equals health then one would expect the United States to be the healthiest of nations
  • 10,000+ die each year due to over use of Aspirin
  • Each day in the United States, roughly 100,000 pharmaceutical company sales reps (earning, on average, $81,700 per year) visit the nation’s 311,000 office-based physicians. Their numbers have more than doubled in the last decade.
  • In 2004, 86% of drug companies’ promotional spending was on physician samples - those “free” packets your doctor gives you to try a medication before you fill a prescription.
  • The drug companies spent 11 billion on drug research and 44 billion on marketing to us.


Children And Chiropractic

It has been my experience over the years that if your child is under chiropractic care they are much more healthy than the average child. Studies have shown that chiropractic provides:

  • Increased resistance to the common childhood diseases
  • Lower antibiotic use and lower incidence of disease (especially ear infections)
  • Disease was reported to be mild compared to disease by their classmates
  • Kids under chiropractic care “develop strong, well-balanced spines and are mindful of the need to take responsibility for one’s own health, not merely the absence of disease.”

Nutritional Advice and the ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET

Nutritional Advice and the ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET

Things to Avoid:

·        DAIRY - (All pasteurized dairy products)
·        REFINED SUGARS (white sugar, brown sugar, confectioners sugar,     corn syrup, processed corn fructose, etc)
·        GRAINS - (pasta, breads, rice, etc.)
·        MSG (Monosodium Glutamate or Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein)
·        ALCOHOL- (except red wine)
·        CAFFEINE- (in moderation)
·        RED MEAT- (no more than 1 time a month)
·        PROCESSED FOODS- Reduce or Avoid
·        COMMON TABLE SALT- Reduce

Foods and Dietary Suggestion to Fight Inflammation:

·        FRESH FISH- (ocean, river, or lake)
·        LEAN MEATS- (eggs, chicken, turkey)
·        OMEGA-3 supplement- (Fish oil)
·        WILD GAME- (deer, elk, etc.)
·        NUTS- (raw almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc.)
·        SPICES- (ginger, turmeric, garlic, dill, oregano, basil, etc.)
·        OILS AND FATS- (extra virgin olive oil, organic butter)
·        SALAD DRESSINGS- (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice)
·        WATER- (half your body weight in ounces)
·        ALCOHOL- (red wine)
·        CANDY- (dark chocolate)

Making these few changes will help with pain and inflammation throughout your body.

Chiropractic and Athletes

Athletes have been benefiting from Chiropractic care for many years; however, it has only recently been receiving attention from the media. Athletes of all types, from the weekend warrior to the world-class athlete, utilize chiropractic because it is a drug-free way to better health and performance.

The fact is that more professional athletes use chiropractic than ever before. Even more revealing is the increased use of regular chiropractic care for entire professional teams. In fact, Chiropractic Economics reported that over 95% of teams in the NFL use chiropractors as a regular part of player care

Chiropractic adjustments help ensure that the body functions as efficiently as possible, which can maximize healing and recovery from all types of injuries.

Barry Bonds, Tiger Woods, Andy Roddick, and Lance Armstrong have in common? They are incredibly accomplished athletes that have used chiropractic care as a key ingredient to their success.

“I would estimate that in excess of 90% of all world-class athletes use Chiropractic care to prevent injuries and to increase their performance potential.”

SEAN ATKINS, Ph D Exercise Physiologist

The following is just a partial list of athletes who use Chiropractic care:

Joe Montana, Roger Craig, Keith Jackson,Emmit Smith, Chris Carter, Evander Holyfield
Sugar Ray Leonard, Roy Jones, Jr., Wade Boggs,Penny Hardaway, Jon Smoltz, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mark McGwire, Ryne Sandberg,, Ricky Bell,Brett Butler, Dominique Wilkins, Michael Jordan,
Scottie Pippin, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Robert Parish, Gerald Wilkins, Lee Haney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dr. Frank Columbu, Irving Fryar, Brett Hall, Tiger Woods,  Roberto Clemente, Michael Carbajol, Bob Hayes, Muhammad Ali, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Alex Karras, Gary Clark, Mark May, Charles Haley, Bill Fralic, Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Tim Dwight, Jack Dempsey,Fred Funk, Beth Daniel, Mary Lou Retton, Olga Korbut, Wayne Gretzky, Rocky Marciano, Dan O’Brien, Bruce Jenner, Donovan Bailey, Mac Wilkins, Dwight Stones, Mary Decker, Willie Banks, Nancy Ditz, Gregg Blasingame, Billy JeanKing. Tracy Austin, JohnMcEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Jim Connors, Jan Stephenson

"You obviously cannot compete at your fullest if you are not in alignment and your body cannot heal itself properly if your spine is not in alignment."
Dan O'Brien, Olympic Decathlete

"Chiropractic has really helped me to keep my body in line to help my body recover"
Chris Carter, Minnesota Vikings

Chiropractic has helped keep me injury free--that is half the trick to staying in competition"
Lee Labrada, Mr. Universe

'The best way to use Chiropractic is not only after injuries, but before they occur"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 7 time Mr. Olympia

Symptoms represent the body’s best efforts to heal itself. By treating symptoms, you are suppressing the body’s natural response and inhibiting the healing process. Instead of treating symptoms, doctors should stimulate the body’s defenses to allow for completion of the healing process.”

Dr. Stephen Cummings

If you had a fire in your house, you would not cut off the alarm and then relax, thinking that the fire is gone. The same thing happens to your body when you continue to ignore or mask symptoms. This is why athletes often develop chronic injuries.

"Many treatments, compounds and medications claim to speed the rate of healing. I have not read a single scientific article that demonstrates that healing time can be increased artificially. You cannot beat nature. All doctors can do is to be very careful that they do not slow down the natural healing process." 

 William Southmayd, MD

Athletes have also discovered that Chiropractic care allows them to achieve an optimal level of performance when training and competing in their respective sporting event. A proper biomechanical structure allows athletes to achieve and maintain their optimal level of performance-safely and naturally. There is a growing body of research and case studies, which clearly show the relationship between Chiropractic care and athletic performance

Whiplash and Chiropractic

Whiplash is defined as a neck injury caused by over-extending or flexing the neck. This can happen during a car accident, sports injury, roller coasters, or a fall. Symptoms usually include neck pain, headache, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, shoulder and low back pain. More serious manifestations are difficulty swallowing, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, nausea and weakness. Although most persons begin to notice symptoms immediately following a trauma, they can be slow to develop and begin several weeks after the injury. If left untreated, whiplash can result in chronic and recurring problems, such as arthritis, headache, and stiffness. Chiropractic is very effective at treating whiplash so that that your recovery time is minimized. The goal is to return you to your active lifestyle as soon as possible.