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What is spinal traction?Spinal traction is a non-surgical and drug-free answer for disc related syndromes of the lumbar or cervical spine. Countless people across the country have found relief from the pain associated with herniated discs, bulging discs,

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facet syndrome, degenerative joint disease, pinched nerves, and other spinal afflictions. Spinal disc traction uses mechanized technology to apply gentle, non-surgical decompression to your spine, increasing circulation into the spinal discs and joints, helping to relieve the symptoms that cause pain and dysfunction. This technology relieves pain by actually enlarging the space between the discs. The negative pressure of traction releases pressure that builds on to the disc and nerves, allowing herniated or bulging discs to eventually go back into their normal position.

Patient evaluation

Each patient is unique and what works well for one patient may not be appropriate for another. Therefore, each prospective patient is carefully evaluated prior to treatment. This assessment enables the doctor to make decisions about the type of traction to be utilized, the force/weight of distraction, and the duration of treatment. The goal of traction is to reduce pain, which will allow the patient to become more functional. Therapy should be relaxing and not cause additional or new pain.

Traction techniques

Techniques applied in spinal traction are dependent in part on the patient’s physical condition, disorder, individual tolerance, and the spinal level(s) to be treated. Application of traction may be manual, positional, or mechanical. Traction may be applied as a continuous force or intermittently.

Cervical traction

Cervical traction is a hands’ on approach. The patient lies in a relaxed and comfortable supine position on the table. The doctor carefully positions her hands in such a way to support the patient’s head during distraction. The force is gentle, stable, and controlled. During traction the doctor may reposition the head to one side, flex, or extend the neck using her hands. A change in head position during traction may affect more positive results in reducing the patient’s symptoms.

Lumbar traction

Lumbar is performed using a mechanized table with the patient needing either a lumbar or ankle traction harness. While the patient is in different positions, the traction harness is used support the patient while being placed in a variety of positions that have been proven to offer pain relief and flexibility.