Why do I need Traction Therapy?
You may not have to live in debilitating pain. Whether 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 compressed disc syndromes of the lumbar and cervical spine, Traction Therapy may be for you.
This gentle, non-surgical therapy can provide lower back pain relief, sciatica pain relief, and is a state-of-the-art therapy for neck pain relief, and bulging or degenerative disc disease. Scientific research has backed up these claims . Although beyond the scope of this text, peer reviewed evidence of this can be found by searching the research literature at sites such as Pub Med.
Traction is a gentle and relatively 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, which graduates to a peak over a period of several minutes. During the traction session there is usually only a perceived feeling of stretching and the production of pain is generally 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, 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. Clinical results of this type of therapy have been very effective and many patients find long-term relief or effective management of their pain when they complete the entire program of treatments.
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Demonstration of Cervical (neck) Traction
Demonstration of Lumbar (low back) Traction