Spinal traction is a form of decompression therapy that relieves pressure on the spine. It can be performed manually or mechanically. Spinal tractions are used to treat herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and many other back conditions.
There are numerous benefits to having spinal decompression therapy done. For starters, those with herniated/bulging discs can enjoy instant relief with this treatment, as the decompression helps to relieve pressure on the discs and allow them to return to their proper placement. This procedure can also be beneficial to those suffering from sciatic nerve pain, as decompression can also help to relieve excess pressure on the sciatic nerve that can otherwise lead to severe lower back pain and discomfort. Spinal decompression therapy can also be effective in relieving headaches, migraines, and shoulder/neck pain.
How does traction therapy/decompression therapy help you? Nonsurgical spinal decompression is a type of motorized traction that may help relieve back pain. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine. lAs a result, bulging or herniated disks may retract, taking pressure off nerves and other structures in your spine.
Traction therapy/Decompression therapy risks?
Surgery has many potential complications and risks, like scar tissues, infection, or residual pain. In contrast, spinal decompression therapy is completely non-invasive, making it very low risk. In the short term, this therapy can provide immediate pain relief.
How Is Traction therapy/Decompression therapy done?
You are fully clothed during spinal decompression therapy. The practitioner fits you with a harness around your pelvis and another around your trunk. You either lie face down or face up on a computer-controlled table. A practitioner operates the computer, customizing treatment to your specific needs.
Who Should not Have Traction therapy/Decompression therapy?
Ask your practitioner whether or not you are a good candidate for Decompression therapy. It is best not to try it if you are pregnant. People with any of these conditions should also avoid it:
• Abdominal aortic aneurysm
• Advanced osteoporosis