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Spinal pain can have many causes. The good news is there are treatments available to help relieve your pain, your discomfort, and put you on the path to feeling better. One of the treatments available is spinal traction therapy.

If you are interested in spinal traction therapy, what should you do first? The first thing you are going to want to do is call the office at (800) 481-4582 – or schedule an appointment on the Physical Therapy NOW website.

What is Spinal Traction?

Spinal traction is a type of decompression therapy. It relieves pressure on the spine. There are two types of treatment that can be administered: manual spinal traction and mechanical spinal traction. It is used to treat pinched nerves, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, sciatica, and other back conditions.

What does spinal traction do? It stretches your spine with the goal of taking pressure off compressed discs. It straightens the spine and helps your body’s ability to heal itself.

Who is a Good Candidate for Spinal Traction?

People who have slipped discs, bone spurs, degenerative disc diseases, herniated discs, facet disease, sciatica, foramina stenosis, or pinched nerves are, in most cases, excellent candidates for spinal traction therapy.

What makes people with spinal conditions such as these good candidates for spinal traction? The traction reverses the force of gravity, relieving pressure and pain associated with the injury or ailment.

Types of Spinal Traction Therapy

There are two types of spinal traction: manual and mechanical.

During manual spinal traction, your physical therapist will use their hands to put you in a state of traction. Manual force is used on the joints and muscles.

During mechanical spinal traction, you will be treated on a table with tools specially used to stretch the spine. Your PT will attach ropes, slings, and pulleys to mechanically relieve pain and pressure on the spine.

Are There Side Effects?

There are some side effects that come along with spinal traction therapy. In very rare cases, it can cause pain that is worse than the original pain and can cause muscle spasms. With that being said, doctors are aware of these side effects during or after therapy, and only prescribe this form of therapy to patients that can truly benefit.

What Are the Expected Results?

So, you’ve finished going through spinal traction, how should you be feeling? You can expect to have pain relief, your spine properly aligned, and decompressed joints. While the muscles and bones in the back are stretched, they combat the effects of gravity.

Thanks to the work of spinal traction, you should have significantly improved movement and feel much better throughout the day.

Make the Call Today

Now is the time to take the first step in your recovery and to pain-relief. Call Physical Therapy NOW today at 800.481.4582 to learn more about spinal traction therapy and our many other forms of natural, medication free back pain relief.


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