Back pain is a real pain in the neck (literally!). It is challenging to find relief if you deal with back or sciatic nerve pain. The good news is that there are pain-relieving options out there for you. One of these is through spinal traction. Let’s look at how chiropractic spinal traction can help your chronic back pain.
What is spinal traction?
Spinal or lumbar traction is a spinal treatment designed to relieve pain. The spine is gently stretched during this treatment to release negative pressure between the vertebrae. This stretching alleviates the pressure off the gel-like cushions, or discs, between these vertebrae. As the spine extends, it promotes an environment that can significantly relieve back pain.
Who can benefit from spinal traction?
Spinal traction therapy isn’t just for one type of back pain—it’s a versatile treatment option suitable for various conditions, including:
- Slipped discs and herniated or bulging discs
- Sciatica or issues with the sciatic nerve
- Pinched nerves and bone spurs
- Realignment of the cervical spine
- Muscle strain and neck pain
Many have found significant pain relief from a decompression session on a traction table, even from chronic ailments.
How does my chiropractor use spinal traction?
Usually, a chiropractor will use the traditional method of administering spinal traction, which involves manually pulling the spine or using a device like a harness. When a harness is used, it is attached to the torso, neck, or head to pull the body and stretch out the spinal column.
The treatment can take anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes. Depending on how severe your chronic pain is will determine for how long and how many times your chiropractor will want you to receive this treatment.
Some chiropractors also perform nonsurgical spinal decompression. This is almost the same as spinal traction, but the main difference is that the harness is pulled by a mechanical device like this one.
Your chiropractor will assess your neck and back and decide how much pressure to apply while performing the spinal traction therapy. As your back stretches, it relieves the pressure between your discs, allowing herniated or bulging discs to draw back. This eases your nerves and muscles from the pressure build-up in your spine.
What are the side effects of spinal traction therapy?
There are not many documented side effects of receiving spinal traction therapy. However, it is common for some patients receiving it to get muscle spasms before or after their treatment. These spasms are not dangerous and usually subside within a few minutes.
Spinal traction is an excellent option for those exploring nonsurgical options to relieve their back and neck pain. When receiving these treatments, you can expect less pain, better posture, and decompression of your joints. Doesn’t that sound like a great relief? Some people combine their spinal traction with physical therapy and receive even more pain-relieving benefits.
Spinal traction, primarily when conducted on a traction table, is an excellent nonsurgical treatment option for those keen on alleviating their back and neck pain. Many even combine this therapy with physical therapy, amplifying its pain-relieving benefits.
If this sounds like the relief you’ve been searching for, find a chiropractor skilled in spinal decompression therapy and discuss its potential benefits. While it may not be the answer for everyone, many have found great relief for their chronic back pain.
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