Patients who have constant back pain or neck pain can have a difficult time dealing with the disruption it causes to their lives. The pain makes it hard to complete everyday activities and can make it a burden at times to maintain a healthy lifestyle as even simple exercises can be affected. If you suffer from back or neck pain you’ve probably heard about different types of pain management treatment including traction therapy. This and other services are available at Advanced Medical of Twin Cities.
Mechanical Traction Therapy Defined
Traction is defined as “a therapeutic method to relieve pain by stretching and realigning the spine. Spinal traction straightens the spine and helps to improve the body’s ability to heal itself. In addition to treating the spine and neck, traction is also used in the treatment of fractures, but is primarily used to relieve pain in the cervical or lumbar spine.
Types Of Mechanical Traction Therapy
There are generally two types of traction therapy, manual traction, and mechanical spinal traction therapy. Manual spinal traction therapy involves a doctor or physical therapist using their hands to put their patients in a state of traction. Mechanical spinal traction is a therapy in which patients are asked to lie on a table that is equipped to stretch the spine. Spinal traction is used to treat herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and other conditions related to neck and back pain.
Benefits Of Mechanical Traction
Advanced Medical of Twin Cities uses a spinal decompression system. It’s like an old-fashioned traction table, but it uses advanced technology which allows your doctor to treat you more precisely and accurately. Patients will be strapped onto the decompression table which moves and produces a force onto targeted areas. The system will gently pull the patient’s spine apart creating a vacuum between the vertebrae which will pull discs back into place.
Traction Therapy Services Available In Minnesota
Not everyone should undergo traction or spinal decompression therapy. If you’re over 70, pregnant, severely obese or have severe osteoporosis or nerve damage, it may not be a good treatment option for you. Contact Advanced Medical of Twin Cities for a consultation and we’ll help you determine if traction can help you get on the road to good health.
If you’re interested in learning more about traction therapy as a whole or our new traction therapy table, feel free to reach out to the team at Advanced Medical of Twin Cities today. We can be reached by phone at (763) 541-1280, or via email through our online contact form.