What is Mechanical & Spinal Traction?
Mechanical traction is a type of treatment that uses gentle force to stretch the spine in a process known as decompression. The treatment helps restore the spaces between your vertebrae and adjusts your posture. It's used for conditions such as sciatica, herniated discs, slipped discs, bone spurs, and more. It's a complementary therapy to chiropractic adjustments and helps you find relief from pain. If you live in Granite City or the surrounding area and you’re considering chiropractic care for pain relief, choose Darin Chiropractic.
How Does Mechanical Traction Work?
The treatment involves lying down on a specially designed table that has separate sections to address specific areas of the spine. You're held in place on the table with multiple belts and restraints to keep your body in the correct alignment. Your body may also have ropes or slings attached to you as part of the traction therapy. Once you are in position, the chiropractor sets the traction on a controller, then starts the table and monitors your progress from start to finish.
Can Spinal Traction Treat My Neck Pain?
Neck pain responds well to spinal traction and helps your posture improve after receiving treatment. The concept of having your neck stretched out may seem like something fraught with danger, but when performed by a professional, it's quite safe. At no point will your cervical spine be subjected to extreme amounts of pressure. Spinal traction is designed to provide a gentle and steady pull that gradually increases the space between the vertebrae. The vertebrae eventually go back into proper alignment as they are stretched out and stop applying pressure onto the structures of the neck.
The Risks of Undergoing Mechanical Traction on the Spine
Traction therapy is a relatively risk-free treatment for the spine. A patient may experience muscle spasms during treatment or experience pain in the areas of the treatment afterward, but a majority of patients have little to no problems from mechanical therapy and typically report being pain-free afterward. However, those who have osteoporosis or arthritis are not good candidates for mechanical traction and should mention these conditions to the chiropractor.
Spinal Traction Works Well with Chiropractic Adjustments
Spinal traction is a complementary therapy to chiropractic adjustments. A chiropractor helps bring your spine back into alignment through physical manipulation, but sometimes mechanical traction is used as a complementary therapy. The treatment is known to produce positive results and provide pain relief.
Call Us Today to Make an Appointment
Call Darin Chiropractic in Granite City today at (618) 931-2050 to make an appointment. The application of chiropractic adjustments and mechanical traction on the spine can provide long-lasting pain relief. Let us help you find the drug-free pain solution you deserve.