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Spinal Traction

What is a spinal traction?

Spinal traction is a form of decompression therapy that relieves pressure on the spine. It can be performed manually or mechanically.

Spinal traction is used to treat herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and many other back conditions.

What does spinal traction do?

Spinal traction stretches the spine to take pressure off compressed discs. This straightens the spine and improves the body's ability to heal itself.

Candidates

People with spinal conditions benefit from this therapy because the traction reverses the force of gravity. It is most commonly used to treat:

  • slipped discs
  • bone spurs
  • degenerative disc disease
  • herniated discs
  • facet disease
  • sciatica
  • foramina stenosis
  • pinched nerves

What are the side effects of spinal traction?

Spinal traction can sometimes cause pain that is worse than the original condition. Those with osteoporosis and certain types of cancer should not use traction therapy.

Spinal traction is known to cause muscle spasms. Our staff is prepared for this to happen during or after therapy.

How is spinal traction administered?

Spinal traction therapy can be administered manually or mechanically, depending on your needs.

Manual spinal traction

In manual spinal traction, our staff uses their hands to put people in a state of traction. Then they use manual force on the joints and muscles to widen the spaces between vertebrae.

 

Mechanical spinal traction

In mechanical spinal traction, you will lie on a table that has special tools to stretch the spine. The machine uses a pump that applies a pulling force on the spinal segments.

What are the benefits of spinal traction?

Spinal traction is a non-surgical way to relieve pain and correct problems in the spine. While it does have some potential side effects, spinal traction offers consistent relief for most people.

What are the risks of spinal traction?

There are no long-term risks of spinal traction. Some side effects may occur during or after treatment. Many people experience muscle spasms after traction. Some have pain in the treated areas.

Spinal traction is not for everyone. Our therapists can determine if the risks are worth the potential rewards based on your medical history.

What are the results of spinal traction

The results of spinal traction include pain relief, proper spinal alignment, and decompressed joints. Spinal traction stretches the muscles and bones in the back to combat the effects of gravity. Under the right circumstances, this could significantly improve the way you move and feel throughout the day.

What is the outlook after spinal traction?

With our help, many people find great success with spinal traction. Treatment reduces pain and the body is more capable of healing itself. Some people only need spinal traction therapy for a short period of time. Others need it throughout their lives.

Talk to your doctor today to see if you could benefit from our services or contact one of our four locations for any questions!

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