What Is Spinal Traction and When Is It Used?

Seattle Chiropractor: What Is Spinal Traction and When Is It Used?

What Is Spinal Traction and When Is It Used?

For decades, patients who have been suffering from a variety of spine-related issues have sought spinal traction to ease their symptoms. This is one of the most important tools a chiropractor uses in helping heal patients.

Spinal traction decompresses the spine, either through manual or mechanical means. Although it’s not right for everyone, many patients have seen remarkable results. It is a natural, noninvasive solution for a host of medical issues, many of which at first glance appear to have nothing to do with your back!

Stability Health Center located in downtown Seattle, can help you lead a pain-free life through the use of spinal traction, depending on the health of your spine and the nature of adjustments required. From athletes to desk jockeys, stay-at-home moms to stressed college students, we’ve applied traction to all types of people, to great effect.

Which conditions can be treated through spinal traction?

Spinal traction is used to treat a number of conditions all resulting from misalignment in the spine. Most commonly, spinal traction is used to correct issues such as:

  • Herniated discs;
  • Bulging discs;
  • Degenerative disc disease;
  • Sciatic pain;
  • Pinched nerves;
  • Bone spurs;
  • Spinal arthritis.

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Any general back or neck pain can be treated with spinal adjustments. This technique can have healing power for the entire body. As the core of your body’s central nervous system, the spine is crucial for sending out signals to nerve endings. Therefore, correcting subluxations (misalignments) in the spine is key to treating everything from digestive issues, to migraines, to plantar fasciitis.

How is spinal traction performed?

This technique involves decompressing the spine through placing pressure at specific points either manually or mechanically. Gentle to moderate pressure causes the vertebrae to separate slightly, decreasing pressure on the discs in your spine. This also provides space for the spinal nerves, allowing signals to flow smoothly to other parts of the body.

Based on the use of counterweights and pulleys, many people are initially afraid of spinal traction, believing it is going to be very painful. However, this technique has been used for centuries to relieve pain, not cause it! Most patients report that the process is much less uncomfortable than they anticipated.

Before traction is recommended, a trained chiropractor will take a full medical history and discuss your specific symptoms with you. There are some cases – such as patients with osteoporosis or cancer – for whom spinal traction is not a good fit. Most often, however, spinal traction is a viable option for corrective care. The process is associated with only minor, temporary side effects (such as soreness), and the long-term benefits of regular chiropractic appointments are clear.

At Stability Health Center in Seattle, we use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) to address a variety of spine-related issues. This is a scientifically proven, results-oriented system designed to eliminate nerve interference and address everything from chronic pain to disease. Using this approach and a targeted approach to traction, we take pride in helping our patients overcome pain! Call today for a free consultation with the professionals at Stability Health Center.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.