Spinal Decompression/Traction

Traction, now also called spinal decompression, is one of the oldest forms of physical medicine and remains widely used today. Research points to the beneficial effects of traction (spinal decompression) as it can distract joint surfaces, reduce disc protrusion, stretch soft tissue muscles and mobilize joints. These effects may provide many patients the pain relief and spinal dysfunction. The stimulation of sensory mechano receptors that occurs with the application of traction/spinal decompression may also gait pain transmission.

Traction/spinal decompression is used to treat:

  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Posterior facet syndrome
  • Acute facet problems
  • Radicular pain (nerve pain)
  • Prolapsed disc
  • Spinal nerve impingement
  • Hypomobility
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Facet syndrome
  • Compression fractures
  • Joint pain
  • Discogenic pain

Decompression or traction of the spine unloads the spine, decreases bulging and protruding discs, separates vertebra and decreases pain. Mobilization/manipulation of the spine stretches ligaments and tendons, mobilized the capsule facet joint and intervertebral discs, increases range of motion and increases flexibility.

Challenge of Back Pain
Spinal Manipulation