Spinal Traction for Pain
Spinal traction can be a very good thing! Spinal traction is a treatment used frequently by physical therapists at Williams Integracare Clinic. It is a process using controlled force to help draw apart the spinal joints, reducing the compressing forces on your spinal structures. At Williams, this treatment can be done manually, or using the spinal traction machine. To ensure the patient is always relaxed and comfortable, they are given a button when using the traction machine in case they would like to stop the treatment or decrease the amount of force being used. Traction begins "low and slow" with weight and pressure to ensure the treatment is gentle and relaxing. People with herniated discs, neck pain or lower back pain are great candidates for traction. When these patients get a “pull” from the traction it changes the pressures inside various discs in their body to help ease things back into place. Many insurance plans cover spinal traction as part of the physical therapy plan for rehabilitiation. Tune in as Nichole Roiko, DPT, explains how spinal traction works.