How Do Traction Tables Work?


If you’ve ever been to or seen a video of chiropractic treatment, you may be used to seeing manual spinal traction. This is when a physical therapist or chiropractor corrects the alignment of the spine or other body parts by forcing your body into different positions with their hands. 

Traction table for back pain in Fayetteville

In this case, it would be to widen the space between the vertebrae. A traction table, on the other hand, is a mechanical form of spinal traction at our Fayetteville practice. The table, combined with weights or straps, can stretch the spine to realign or relieve pain from excess pressure on the spinal discs. 

What Is a Traction Table?

A traction table is a way to perform mechanical spinal traction on a patient that is suffering from lower back pain. The table relieves pressure on the spinal discs by stretching and aligning your spine. You will lay face down, completely straight on the table which ensures there’s no pressure on your spine. 

Additional weights can be placed at the end of the table for traction to assist with stretching the spine. The patient lays in this position for about 20-30 minutes a day and will slowly find an increase in flexibility, mobility, and pain relief. 

This treatment helps realign and stretch the spine to relieve the pressure that may occur from different conditions such as sciatica, arthritis, or injury to the spine. However, this treatment requires persistent use of the traction table every day for a certain period.

What Issues Can Be Treated With a Traction Table?

The traction table targets the spinal discs but also offers relief in other areas of the body, like sciatica, carpal tunnel, knee pain, and general back pain. People with conditions like slipped or herniated discs, bone spurs, degenerative disc disease, and pinched nerves would see great relief from the use of spinal traction. This is because the traction table helps mitigate the force of gravity on the spine, which is causing compression

Benefits of Traction Tables

A traction table is a great treatment for Fayetteville patients of all shapes, weights, and sizes. It helps improve flexibility by increasing the spine's range of motion. It is also highly customizable, as we can adjust the intensity of the treatment to fit each patient's comfort level and needs.

We can target specific areas that the patient is feeling discomfort in and we can adjust the amount of force and the duration of the treatment depending on the severity of their condition. Traction therapy is a viable alternative to more invasive procedures like surgery to relieve debilitating pain, not to mention it reduces inflammation and improves blood circulation.

Get Pain Relief Today With Spinal Traction in Fayetteville

If you have back pain, you may have a condition that is placing excess pressure on the spinal discs. Contact us at Thrive Wellness Center in Fayetteville for a consultation so we can assess your symptoms and determine if you’re a good candidate for spinal traction.

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