My chiropractor is very experienced and hails from USA. He is always very cheerful. He would greet you "Good Morning" and ask "How are you?". I would exchange back greetings. I showed him my MRI films. After reading the radiologist's report, he looked at the MRI films and said "this is good news. Just a minor bulge but it's pinching the nerve. No surgery required. Let see if I can improve your position and I will require 6 sessions. After that, I will recommend you to take traction." He asked if I knew what traction was and I said yes after seeing a friend doing traction at a rehabilitation center just a day before.
My drowsiness did not subside, so I drove home quickly and went to bed for a rest. It was much better after the rest but I think I am still feeling kind of sleepy. I think this drowsiness is due to the pain killer drugs that I took.
Traction in PhysiotherapyTraction today, otherwise known as "spinal decompression therapy", addresses the functional and mechanical aspects of discogenic pain and has been used by physiotherapists for years.
Now, through use of computerized systems, it will cycle through preprogrammed patterns, ramping up and down the amount of axial decompression allowing for higher levels of spinal traction and disc rehydration. During spinal decompression therapy, a negative pressure is created within the disc. Because of that negative pressure, disc material that has protruded or herniated can be assisted back within the normal confines of the disc, and permit healing to occur. Pressure is released off of inflamed nerve roots allowing the inflammation to subside.
Traction is effective for:
- Bulging, prolapsed, or herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet syndrome
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neck pain
- Pain radiating down the arm
- "Pinched nerves"