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Spinal Decompression Traction

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Spinal Decompression Traction

Introduction

If you're dealing with chronic back pain, you know just how debilitating it can be. It can affect your work, your social life, and your overall quality of life. Fortunately, there are treatments available to help alleviate this pain, one of which is spinal decompression therapy.


What Is Spinal Decompression Therapy?

Spinal decompression therapy is a non-surgical treatment for back pain that involves stretching the spine to relieve pressure on the discs and nerves. The treatment is designed to create negative pressure in the spine, which can help to reposition bulging or herniated discs, reduce inflammation, and promote healing in the affected area.

Spinal decompression therapy can be performed using a variety of techniques, including motorized traction, manual manipulation, or a combination of the two. The treatment is typically administered in a clinical setting, and most patients will require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results.


How Does Spinal Decompression Therapy Work?

Spinal decompression therapy works by creating negative pressure within the spine, which can help to reposition bulging or herniated discs, reduce inflammation, and promote healing in the affected area. The negative pressure created during the treatment can also help to increase blood flow to the affected area, which can aid in the healing process.

During a spinal decompression therapy session, the patient is positioned on a traction table, which uses motorized or manual manipulation to stretch the spine. The therapist will adjust the table to target the affected area of the spine, and the patient will be secured with straps to prevent movement during the treatment.

The treatment is typically administered in 20-30 minute sessions, and patients may require multiple sessions to achieve the desired results. The number of sessions required will depend on the severity of the patient's condition and the specific treatment plan recommended by the therapist.


Types of Spinal Decompression Therapy

There are two main types of spinal decompression therapy: surgical and non-surgical. Surgical spinal decompression is a more invasive procedure that involves removing a portion of the spinal bone to relieve pressure on the nerves. Non-surgical spinal decompression, on the other hand, is a less invasive treatment that uses traction to stretch the spine and relieve pressure on the discs and nerves.

Non-surgical spinal decompression can be performed using motorized or manual manipulation, or a combination of the two. Motorized traction therapy involves the use of a computer-controlled table that applies a precise amount of force to the spine. Manual manipulation, on the other hand, involves the therapist using their hands to manipulate the spine.


What conditions are treated by spinal decompression or traction therapy?

Traction or Spinal Decompression helps a large percentage of people with spinal conditions but generally the following conditions are potentially improved:

Neck and Lower back Pain, either recent or long lasting that is of a mechanical cause

Sciatica (Thigh and Leg pain)

Disc Bulging or Protrusion

Nerve Compression (Pinched Nerve)

Arthritis of the spine

Degenerative disc disease

Stenosis of the Spine (narrowed nerve tunnels)