What is Traction Therapy?

Spinal traction is a non-surgical way to relieve pain and correct problems in the spine. Traction is used to treat pinched nerves, back tightness, and degenerative disk conditions. While in traction, the low back (lumbar vertebrae) are stretched and decompressed using a light and gentle patented pneumatic pump system. If you have pinched nerves in your spine, this can help take some of the pressure off and ease arm or leg pain. Traction is also good for treating bulging discs in your spine, which can also pinch your nerves if they lose enough water in the middle. By pulling your spine apart a little, traction can help the disc’s water and gel slip back into place leading to disk hydration, oxygenation and nutrient delivery.

What Are the Benefits of Lumbar Traction?

If you’re experiencing back pain that is interfering with your every day life, lumbar traction could be highly beneficial in helping to relieve your pain. Specifically, lumbar traction can help take pressure off pinched nerves that will reduce pain and improve your flexibility. While traction therapy is great for many conditions, there are some things it should not be used with, such as spinal fusion surgery and osteoporosis. Each person is unique and should be consulted based on their individual needs to find the optimal solution to relieve the pain.

Who Benefits from Traction Therapy?

People with spinal conditions benefit from this therapy because the traction reverses the force of gravity. It is most commonly used to treat:

  • slipped discs
  • bone spurs
  • degenerative disc disease
  • herniated discs
  • facet disease
  • sciatica
  • foramina stenosis
  • pinched nerves
  • lower back pain
  • arthritis
  • spondylolisthesis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • scoliosis
  • sacroiliac syndrome

Spinal Decompression Studies

“Eighty-six percent of ruptured intervertebral disc (RID) patients achieved ‘good’ (50-89% improvement) to ‘excellent’ (90-100% improvement) results with decompression. Sciatica and back pain were relieved.” “Of the facet arthrosis patients, 75% obtained ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ results with decompression.”

“Serial MRI of 20 patients treated with the decompression table shows in our study up to 90% reduction of subligamentous nucleus herniation in 10 of 14. Some rehydration occurs detected by T2 and proton density signal increase. Torn annulus repair is seen in all.”

“Results showed that 86% of the 219 patients who completed the therapy reported immediate resolution of symptoms, while 84% remained pain-free 90 days post-treatment. Physical examination findings showed improvement in 92% of the 219 patients, and remained intact in 89% of these patients 90 days after treatment.”

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