Chiropractic Traction: Enhancing Spinal Health at Lake Stevens Chiropractic

Chiropractor applies compression towards woman with back and neck pain

Chiropractic traction, also known as vertebral or spinal traction, is a widely recognized and utilized treatment for various skeletal, muscle, and spinal conditions. This therapeutic technique involves applying forces, such as weights or manual pressure, to alleviate pain and discomfort in the joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves.

Traction works by stretching the muscles and ligaments and creating space between the vertebrae. It can be beneficial for addressing issues like compressed nerves, skeletal disorders, muscle injuries, herniated or bulging discs, and degenerative disc 

There are two primary types of chiropractic traction: manual and mechanical. The selection of traction method depends on the required force and desired distraction. Manual traction involves the chiropractor applying gentle pressure and tension to the patient’s limbs and head, utilizing techniques like inversion therapy to utilize the patient’s own weight for additional traction. At Lake Stevens Chiropractic, we offer a range of these techniques to suit individual needs.

In cases where greater force is necessary, complex cervical traction systems are employed. Traction tables provide continuous or intermittent traction while incorporating heat, vibration, and massage. Some advanced tables are computer-controlled, enabling precise pressure adjustments and gentle variations. Mechanical traction offers the advantage of allowing patients to continue therapy at home using specialized traction units. With proper instructions and supervision from a qualified healthcare practitioner, patients can improve their posture, spinal alignment, and overall well-being through regular use of home traction equipment.

It is important to note that chiropractic traction may not be suitable for patients with severe bone conditions such as osteoporosis, osteomyelitis, or bone cancer, as well as those with heart disease, spinal cord diseases, or spinal fractures. A thorough examination and diagnosis are necessary before considering traction therapy, and professional supervision is crucial to ensure its safety and effectiveness. If you are unsure whether traction could benefit you, we invite you to contact Lake Stevens Chiropractic to schedule an appointment and discuss your options with our knowledgeable team.

At Lake Stevens Chiropractic, we are committed to providing personalized care and effective treatment plans. We prioritize your well-being and strive to help you achieve optimal spinal health. Call us today to book your appointment and embark on the path to a healthier, pain-free life.