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Is Spinal Decompression Traction?

There are many spinal decompression skeptics out there…I know…I used to be one. After-all, the idea that a disc herniation can be repaired with a machine is beyond the comprehension of many…including some medical doctors and so called spine experts.

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It is not uncommon at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Center, for a herniated disc patient to tell us that their orthopedic surgeon said that spinal decompression is nothing more than expensive traction and chances are it wont do anything.

Well…tell that to the hundreds of thousands of disc patients worldwide that are now living more active lifestyles (many avoiding surgery) because of nonsurgical spinal decompression.

So is spinal decompression traction?

Hardly…traction pulls on the entire spine without any regard to the individual patient “muscle guarding” response. When you apply force to an injured spinal segment the body tries to protect it by guarding against the pull with it’s muscles…it’s involuntary. The muscle response varies patient to patient so there is no way to anticipate it effectively…you can only react to it…which is what computerized spinal decompression does.

In fact, this is the primary difference between conventional traction and spinal decompression. Nonsurgical disc decompression systems have a built in computerized biofeedback mechanism that instantaneously senses a patients muscle guarding response and adjusts the amount of force being applied to the pull accordingly. Big difference.

Plus, spinal decompression systems adjust the angle of pull precisely to better target the injured discs. Spinal decompression machines such as the DRX9000 actually have a split bed (one of them floats) to negate the force of gravity, allowing for enlargement of the disc space.

Modern decompression also creates a negative pressure inside the disc which pulls the herniated disc fragments back to the center of the disc where they belong. Regular traction just pulls…and pulls..that’s it.

So when herniated disc patients ask us if spinal decompression is traction, we happily inform them of the differences. One thing for sure…anyone who has ever had conventional traction quickly realizes they are different animals as soon as they try decompression therapy for the first time…it’s an amazing sensation.

So there you go. Nonsurgical spinal decompression is not traction. Spinal decompression is the most advanced technology in the marketplace today for the nonsurgical treatment of neurovascular compression syndromes such as lumbar and cervical herniated and bulging discs.

To find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression at our San Francisco Spinal Decompression Clinic…call 415-392-2225. Mention this blog post for a complimentary DRX9000 consultation.

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Scott Calzaretta

Chiro-Medical Group is an innovative collaboration of health care professionals who work together as a team to promote optimal health. Our group includes experts in the fields of medicine, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, nutrition, and personal athletic training.

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