Everyone who has ever had back pain knows that the quicker they can get back to pain-free living, the better. For many people, breaking the ‘pain cycle’ caused by injury or chronic disord-ers is invariably achieved with the help of drugs and prescription medication but, in many cases, the relief is only temporary, and the side effects numerous.
For people looking for a more effective and longer-lasting method to relieve pain, chiropractic care offers a variety of helpful treatment options that encourage the body to naturally heal itself. Among these, one treatment that’s growing in popularity is intersegmental traction, offering chronic back pain sufferers the fast and lasting relief they cannot achieve with painkillers alone.
Intersegmental Traction: How It Works
Intersegmental traction is a unique treatment offered by chiropractors to treat and help alleviate chronic back pain caused by compression in the spine. The process begins with the patient lying on a specially designed table, with vibrator roller-type cams beneath its surface. After the table is adjusted to the patient’s height, weight, and unique medical condition, the chiropractor will turn on the machine and the massaging rollers will begin to travel up and down the spine. As the rollers move along the back, the spinal discs are decompressed, while the gentle vibrations of the rollers provide a therapeutic massage for sore muscles.
One of the key causes of back and neck pain is compression in the spine. As excessive pres-sure is placed on the spinal discs, the shock absorbing, jelly-like fluid within can burst, leading to painful injuries such as herniated discs, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis. Once an injury to the spinal disc occurs, the back’s supporting muscles tighten, placing additional strain on the spine and causing an increase in pain.
Through intersegmental traction, the muscles in the back become relaxed. This, in turn, in-creases the spaces between the vertebrae and allows for the healthy flow of blood to the af-fected regions. As the spine becomes decompressed, and healthy nutrients are reintroduced into the spinal discs, the body is able to naturally heal itself, reducing chronic pain and its underlying causes.
Intersegmental Traction and Chiropractic Adjustments: An Effective Combination
Aside from relieving back pain, intersegmental traction is also used by chiropractors to prepare patients with movement inabilities and balance problems for spinal adjustments. With the reduc-tion of pressure on the spinal discs, the muscles supporting the back become relaxed and allow for more effective spinal adjustments. Combining these two treatments improves their overall effectiveness, providing immediate and lasting relief without the need for invasive surgery or reliance on pain medication.
Whether you have severe chronic pain or suffer from the occasional tweak in your back, inter-segmental traction might be the natural solution you have been looking for. Rather than treat the symptoms of your back pain, address it at its source with the help from a certified chiropractor. If you’re ready to take your old life back, contact Dr. Browner to see if intersegmental traction is right for you.
About the Author
Dr. Marc Browner is the Co-Owner of Active Life Chiropractic in Plantation, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiro-practic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiro-practic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education semi-nars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.