Spinal decompression traction is a non-surgical, comfortable traction therapy for the relief of back and leg pain or neck and arm pain. During this procedure, by cycling through distraction and relaxation phases and by proper positioning, a spinal disc can be isolated and placed under negative pressure, causing a vacuum effect within it.
This vacuum effect accomplishes two things. From a mechanical standpoint, disc material that has protruded or herniated outside the normal confines of the disc can be pulled back within the disc by the vacuum created within the disc. Also, the vacuum within the disc stimulates in growth of blood supply, secondarily stimulating a healing response. This results in pain reduction and proper healing at the injured site.
Spinal decompression traction is designed to unload the spinal disc. Any back pain or neck pain caused in whole or in part by a damaged disc may be helped with this therapy as well as conditions such as herniated, protruding or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica or radiculopathy (pinched nerves).
Over 70% of patients have good pain relief usually avoiding surgery.