Understanding How Mechanical Traction Provides Pain Relief

Few things are objectively worse than dealing with chronic neck and back pain. The good news is that there are ways to treat those conditions. At Lifetime Chiropractic Center in Milwaukee, WI, we are here to help. We want to present our patients with varied options when it comes to the treatment they receive. With that in mind, we would like to tell you more about mechanical traction.

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What Is Mechanical Traction?

To understand mechanical traction, we first need to learn more about spinal decompression therapy.

Non-surgical spinal decompression focuses on gently stretching the spine. Stretching out the spine will change its positioning and that can have wide-ranging effects on the rest of your body. More specifically, positioning the spine that way can affect how much pressure is placed on the spinal discs. Relieving the pressure that is placed on the spinal discs can also reduce pain in the back and neck.

So, where does mechanical traction come into all of this? Mechanical traction is a form of spinal decompression. It’s a form of chiropractic treatment that is carried out by trained professionals to help provide badly needed pain relief. This treatment is a good option for addressing injuries sustained during a car accident, strains, and the effects of wear and tear on the body.

What Happens During a Mechanical Traction Session?

Going in for a mechanical traction session can be intimidating if you don’t know what to expect. Allow us to shed some light on the process so that you have a better idea of what’s going to happen. The process usually begins with you being asked to lie down on your back. Once you’re on your back, a harness will be attached to both your neck and your head. The chiropractor will then make any adjustments that are necessary to the machine so that the right amount of force can be used to gently stretch your neck.

Spinal traction that focuses on the neck area is known as cervical traction. In cases wherein the harness is used on your back, that process is called lumbar traction. As noted earlier, spinal decompression in the form of mechanical traction will help relieve the excess pressure that is placed on your spinal discs, but it can do more than that. If you have pinched nerves caused by a car accident, this treatment can help address those as well. Mechanical traction is also a good option to consider for those with sciatica and joint pain.

Chiropractic Care in Milwaukee, WI

If you are dealing with chronic neck and back pain you should look into mechanical traction as a treatment option. Book your appointment with us today at Lifetime Chiropractic Center by calling us at (414) 643-6000.