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A Brief History Between Traction Therapy & Spinal Decompression



Dealing with pain in muscles can cause multiple risks, leading to disability and unhappy life. Environmental factors play a role in shaping a person’s health and wellness journey. Eating habits, sleeping patterns, and physical activity levels affect the muscles, tissues, joints, and vital organs, all essential for a healthy body. However, pathogens and environmental factors can cause chronic conditions, challenging the body’s functioning. Fortunately, various treatments can reduce musculoskeletal pain and help revitalize the body. This article will discuss traction therapy and spinal decompression and how they can help alleviate musculoskeletal pain. We utilize and incorporate valuable information about our patients to certified medical providers using non-surgical treatments like traction therapy and spinal decompression to relieve musculoskeletal pain. We encourage and refer patients to associated medical providers based on their findings while supporting that education is a remarkable and fantastic way to ask our providers the essential questions at the patient’s acknowledgment. Dr. Alex Jimenez, D.C., comprises this information as an educational service. Disclaimer


What Is Traction Therapy?


Are you experiencing referred pain in different parts of your body that seem connected? Are your muscles feeling tight or strained? Or have you noticed that you’re hunching over more than usual? If you’re dealing with musculoskeletal pain related to these issues, consider incorporating non-surgical treatments like spinal decompression and traction therapy to alleviate the pain. Research studies have revealed that traction therapy is a commonly used conservative treatment for reducing musculoskeletal pain along the spine. This therapy also reduces pain and relieves pressure on the spinal disc and nerves while restoring joint function. Physical therapists, massage therapists, and chiropractors frequently use traction therapy by applying gentle force to stretch and elongate soft tissues while restoring spine mobility. Traction therapy is known to be effective in treating musculoskeletal disorders such as herniated discs, sciatica, and referred musculoskeletal pain.


How Does It Help Musculoskeletal Pain?

When environmental factors cause pain issues in the body, they can cause damage to the spine, leading to muscles, spinal discs, and nerves compensating for the pain. This can result in referred pain in various body parts. Pain specialists use traction therapy to reduce the effects of musculoskeletal pain. Research indicates that technological changes and living standards can cause musculoskeletal pain and weaken muscle groups. Combined with non-invasive techniques, traction therapy can improve the body’s kinetic function by correcting spinal subluxation, rehydrating, and restoring the spinal disc. It can also help treat chronic musculoskeletal conditions related to spinal subluxation caused by musculoskeletal pain.


Do you suffer from muscle or joint pain, especially in your back? You may have noticed limited mobility or stiffness in your muscles. If so, you may be experiencing musculoskeletal pain associated with your spine. Fortunately, non-surgical treatments, such as spinal decompression and traction therapies, are available, which can help alleviate pressure on your spine and rehydrate your discs. These therapies stretch your muscles gently, reducing referred pain and restoring mobility to the affected joints. The video above demonstrates how these treatments can revitalize your body, reduce pain, and accelerate the healing process naturally. Additionally, physical therapy and chiropractic care can be combined with these treatments to promote optimal health and wellness.

What Is Spinal Decompression?


Have you ever experienced pain in different parts of your body due to issues with your spine? Spinal decompression therapy can help. It can alleviate musculoskeletal disorders associated with the spine and restore your body to normal. Spinal decompression reduces pressure on the spinal disc by gently stretching the spine and increasing hydration, which can decrease stress on the trapped nerve root. Studies have shown that it is a non-surgical option for individuals suffering from musculoskeletal pain.


How Do These Two Therapies Work Together?

“The Ultimate Spinal Decompression,” written by Dr. Eric Kaplan, D.C., FIAMA, and Dr. Perry Bard, D.C., explains that spinal decompression and traction therapy both address musculoskeletal pain related to the spine but in different ways. Traction therapy reduces pressure on the outer part of the spinal disc, while spinal decompression creates negative pressure inside the disc to hydrate it. Both treatments work together to restore blood flow and nutrients to the affected area and promote natural healing. These safe and non-invasive therapies have been reported to reduce pain after just a few sessions.



Regarding musculoskeletal pain, non-surgical treatments like traction therapy and spinal decompression allow the body to naturally heal itself by reducing pain through gentle stretching and remobilizing the joints. These non-invasive treatments help realign the body out of subluxation. Pain specialists can combine traction therapy and spinal decompression with associated therapies to help the individual be more mindful of their bodies while getting them back to their daily routine without worrying about constant pain.



Choi, Jioun, et al. “Influences of Spinal Decompression Therapy and General Traction Therapy on the Pain, Disability, and Straight Leg Raising of Patients with Intervertebral Disc Herniation.” Journal of Physical Therapy Science, Feb. 2015, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4339166/.

Kaplan, Eric, and Perry Bard. The Ultimate Spinal Decompression. JETLAUNCH, 2023.

Oh, Hyunju, et al. “The Impact of Manual Spinal Traction Therapy on the Pain and Oswestry Disability Index of Patients with Chronic Back Pain.” Journal of Physical Therapy Science, Dec. 2018, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6279706/.

Öten, Erol, et al. “Traction Therapy in Lumbar Disc Hernias: A Finite Element Analysis Study.” Joint Diseases and Related Surgery, 2022, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9057540/.


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