Spinal Traction/Decompression FAQs

FAQs about Spinal Traction and Decompression Therapy

Chiropractors have provided patients with spinal traction and decompression therapy for decades. The technique is proven to restore normal alignment of the spine along with resolving chronic issues such as herniated discs and sciatica. Spinal traction involves the use of a traction table under the supervision of a chiropractor. At Dr. Brian Petrie Chiropractic Inc. in Raynham, MA, we use this technique to treat patients that are suffering from back pain issues. Let’s take a look at spinal traction and decompression therapy to see how it works and how it can help your back pain.


What is Spinal Decompression?

Spinal decompression is used to create a negative pressure in the area around the discs between the vertebrae. This negative pressure creates a vacuum that draws the disc back into its normal position and stops it from putting pressure on the nerves and nearby spinal structures.

How is the Procedure Done?

A patient lies on a specially designed table and is attached to harnesses attached to the table. The chiropractor makes sure the patient is situated accordingly, then runs a computer program that directs the moving parts of the table to put traction on certain parts of the spine. During the procedure, the patient will feel their spine being gently pulled upon slightly as the program runs.

Why is Spinal Traction Effective?

Various conditions cause the spine to compress upon itself and put pressure on sensitive nerves that exit the spinal column. This pressure causes pain throughout the back, arms, and legs. Manual manipulation techniques performed by a chiropractor may not be appropriate for the condition presented by the patient. The use of a spinal traction decompression table helps keep the patient's spine in proper alignment while undergoing treatment.

What Conditions are Treated by Spinal Traction?

The procedure treats a variety of neck and back pain issues that are caused by the spine moving out of alignment, degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis, work-related injuries, and more. Some of the conditions that are appropriate for spinal traction decompression therapy include:

  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Worn facet joints in the spine
  • Damaged or diseased spinal nerve roots
  • Pinched nerves
  • Bone spurs

Contact Dr. Brian Petrie Chiropractic Inc. in Raynham, MA

Get in touch with us today at our clinic in Raynham, MA, to learn more about how spinal traction and decompression therapy can help. Call Dr. Petrie at (508) 821-4049 to discuss the benefits of the procedure, how it affects your spine, and get the pain relief you need.


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