Why do I need Traction Therapy?
You may not have to live in debilitating pain! If you have lower back pain, a pinched nerve, sciatica, neck pain, arm pain, or a variety of symptoms related to damaged or degenerative discs, as well as a compressed disc syndrome of the lumbar or cervical spine, traction therapy may be for you.
Dr. Lou D’Amico has trained hundreds of chiropractors around the country to become spinal disc pain experts using the KDT Neural Flex table and KDT Decompression Technique. Using this gentle non-surgical therapy he has helped thousands of patients with bulging, protruding, herniated, compressed, and degenerated discs in the neck and lower back, make their way back to less pain and improved function without relying on dangerous drugs or surgery. Scientific research has backed up these claims . Although beyond the scope of this text, peer reviewed evidence can be found by searching the research literature at sites such as Pub Med.
Traction is a gentle and safe procedure that can create a decrease in pressure at the spinal segments due to distraction and proper positioning. This distraction can produce improved blood flow and nutrient exchange to the spinal disc. You will experience several cycles of stretch and relaxation over a period of 10 to 12 minutes. During the traction session there is usually only a perceived feeling of stretching and the production of increased pain is avoided.
Therapy sessions typically last less than 10-15 minutes, 3 times a week, transitioning from passive to active treatments as you respond. Most patients feel pain relief with as few as 6-10 treatments although more may be necessary for lasting results. Each patient responds differently to the treatments, so we customize your treatment plan based on individual response to the therapy.
A complete program involving traction, spinal manipulation, high volt galvanic stimulation, high power laser therapy, and the rehabilitation of the spinal stabilization muscles are vital parts of this treatment plan. Our goal is to not only help heal the disc, but to also enhance muscular control and support of the lower back and/or neck.
Regular home exercise and periodic visits to our office will help in maintaining your spinal health and reduce the probability of reoccurrence. The clinical results of this type of therapy have been very effective with many patients finding improved quality of life and long-term pain relief when they complete the entire program of care.