The Benefits of Traction
This table can work wonders on herniated discs, neck or back pain. It’s called traction or decompression therapy and it’s a non-surgical option for pain relief. It’s a computer monitored treatment that’s been evaluated and cleared by the FDA.
It works by slowly and comfortably pulling and relaxing the spine which in turn decreases the internal disc pressure. This can help put discs back into place and stimulate blood supply which promotes proper healing of the injured area.
This therapy is for anyone suffering from a disc related problem that causes back or neck pain. It can also be used to help pinched nerves, sciatica or spinal stenosis.
Each session takes about 15 minutes and we recommend it be done a couple of times a week.
- Research has proven discs may be the primary site of back and leg pain, as well as neck and arm pain.
- The disc is damaged by “compression & flexion” (squishing).
- The disc is avascular (it has no direct blood supply). It gets its nutrients in and waste products out by diffusion (like a sponge). The healthier a disc the greater its diffusion.
- Over time, loss of strength of the lower abdominal and low back muscles, poor posture, trauma, etc. increase the “compression” on the discs, especially of the lower discs (L4/L5) and the mid-neck discs (C5/C6).
- DTS therapy stretches the spine in a safe, controlled and very specific way to open the disc spaces. This decreases the pressure on the discs and allows an increase of the blood flow to help reduce inflammation and heal the area.
- Research indicates in some cases that disc bulges may be pulled or “drawn” in by DTS therapy/decompression and help relieve pinches nerves.
- As with all therapy, your adherence to the treatment advice and protocols are vital to ensure the best possible outcome. Additionally, through “Decompression Therapy” can help many back conditions; it is not a ‘cure’ for everyone. Many times, disc damage cannot be fully healed due to the extent of the damage or the continuation of irritating activities.
- Since traction works with the body’s natural healing processes, it does take time to gain full relief. 12 sessions is usually the minimum number for disc injuries, especially with leg or arm radiation. If the condition continues to improve a maintenance plan may be beneficial.
- “Decompression” is a safe and comfortable treatment for most. It rarely causes pain or worsens symptoms (if traction is painful it is simply discontinued). Occasionally spasms can create post treatment discomfort where ice and electric stimulation usually relieves it. Tell us immediately if pain increases. Decompression is usually not the treatment of choice for acute pain of less than one week, especially if it is difficult to move and bend.