Spinal Decompression Versus Traction – What’s The Difference?
If you have persistent back pain, especially low back pain, you have probably heard the terms traction and spinal decompression.
Patients ask us all the time if we “do traction or spinal decompression.” That may be due to the widespread impression that old-school traction is associated with long periods of painful bed confinement, while decompression enjoys new-school acceptance.
Traction & Spinal Decompression – Treatment Cousins
The term “traction” refers to a method for applying gentle tension to the spine to open more space and relieve the pressure that caused the disc(s) to bulge or slip. Spinal decompression also applies gentle tension. But in addition, the process of decompression includes periods of tension relief. Put another way, according to spine-health.com, spinal decompression is when the spine is “stretched and relaxed intermittently a controlled manner.”
Clinical studies and research indicate that the mechanical process of “stretching and relax[ing the spine in] in a controlled manner” can relieve pain for many patients.
People With Mild-Moderate Discogenic Back Pain May Get Pain Relief With Spinal Decompression.
Modern spine decompression machines, like the ones used here at Pure Life Physiotherapy, provide computerized control to deliver treatment safely.
To learn more, schedule an assessment to find out if you are a candidate for physio or decompression therapy.
Spine Therapy In The Home As Well As The Clinic
Spine health is about more than medically supervised treatment. Your physiotherapist will provide spine health education as well as a home exercise program so you can learn manage your spine care independently. In addition, many patients choose to take advantage of decompression equipment designed for home use. Before purchasing home equipment, we recommend careful review with your physiotherapist as well as online product ratings.