Spinal Traction Decompression
Traction, non-surgical spinal decompression,'The Rack' or whatever you want to call it has been around for centuries in various forms. Marketing campaigns and gimmicks over the past 30 or so years have created wide confusion about what it really is. Traction devices range from the $12 tried and true, hang over the door, water filled chin straps to $100,000 dollar computerized behemoths that can be dangerous. The premise is pretty simple: Pull on the spine long-wise (axial traction) and you reduce pressure on and in the discs (aka the jelly donuts separating each vertebra). Also, it turns out that the most advanced and expensive traction devices don't outperform the cheapest. At least, not significantly.
Hill Laboratories Cervical/Lumbar Traction
What is traction used for?
Primarily, traction is used to provide the stretch and negative pressures that our discs so dearly need. People with sciatica, neck pain that radiates down the arms, degenerative discs and/or bulging discs are best treated with a regimen of traction combined with other forms of conservative care before going under the knife. A variety of other spinal conditions respond well to traction and it feels pretty good too. In the end, your doctor will advise you if traction is right for your condition.