What is Traction and Decompression?
Spinal traction is a treatment, mechanical or manual, that stretches and decompresses vertebral joints. Most commonly used on the cervical and lumbar spine, but can be used for the thoracic spine as well. The purpose of spinal traction and decompression is to decrease back discomfort as well as pain that radiates in the extremities.
Conditions treated by Traction and Decompression?
- Pain and weakness in arms and legs
- Spinal disc degeneration
- Joint stiffness
- Herniated discs
Benefits of Traction and Decompression?
- Decrease nerve irritation by increasing joint space
- Decrease muscle spasms
- Increase circulation
- Proper spine alignment
Depending on the patient and condition, traction and spinal decompression treatment can be short therapy plan (a few weeks) or a maintenance treatment. Each session can last anywhere from 5 minutes, up to 25 minutes.
- 16/18 chronic back pain patients reported major pain improvements after 2 weeks of traction treatment (The Journal of Medicine, 2008)
4 months of treatment decreased symptoms, and increased joint space in patients with lumbar disc herniation (The Journal of Saitama Kenou Rehabilitation, 2006)