Spinal Decompression Traction Therapy
Spinal Decompression Traction Therapy was developed as an effective therapy for the treatment of lower back pain and sciatica caused by herniated or deteriorated discs. For a majority of patients, spinal decompression therapy reduces their pain and allows them to return to a more active lifestyle.
Also called nonsurgical decompression therapy, spinal traction works by increasing the space between vertebrae thereby decreasing pressure on intervertebral discs and the nerve roots that they impact. Spinal decompression therapy also helps muscles stretch and relax which can reduce muscle spasms (back spasms) that irritate nerves causing pain.
Degeneration & Herniation
Back pain and sciatica are often caused by herniation, bulging, or degeneration of the discs of the spine. Spinal traction is designed to alleviate these herniations by altering spinal positioning and varying and intensity of the force. Spinal decompression traction is creating a negative pressure or vacuum inside the disc causing the disc to pull the herniation back in while increasing blood flow and nutrients into the area helping the body to heal.
Ideal Spinal Traction Patients
Spinal decompression is generally recommended for treating patients with:
- Recurrent pain after a failed or ineffective back surgery that has lasted more than six months.
- Persistent pain from a degenerated spinal disc that does not respond to four weeks of other therapies.
- Pain caused by herniated and bulging lumbar discs that is over four weeks in duration.
Traction is not recommended for people with certain medical conditions including spondylolisthesis, osteoporosis, spinal fractures, and inflammatory arthritis of the spine.