Mechanical traction tables are used for specific disorders that require patients to stretch their spines to alleviate pressure and pain. Herniated discs, bone spurs, sciatica, foraminal stenosis, pinched nerves, and degenerative disc disease can all be treated by using this type of therapy.
But what is a mechanical traction table? For those of you that may not know a traction table is a mechanical device designed to temporarily reverse the effects of gravity on the spine by applying gradual, measured force to the spinal column in a stretching motion. This allows the individual spinal discs to realign themselves, which can have tremendously beneficial effects on things like posture and in dealing with back pain caused by poor posture or many common forms of athletic activities like recreational (or professional) sports or even the average occupation.
There are some things to consider before a chiropractor or other healthcare specialist might recommend mechanical traction, however. For starters, some chiropractors might recommend spinal traction as a regular or semi-regular regimen to help maintain proper spinal alignment as a long term focus, whereas in some situations a chiropractic practitioner might advise using traction once or -in certain specific scenarios- even not at all. It's important to remember to ask your doctor about spinal traction therapy before attempting it in your own home. Ask Doctor Mark Barcewski at The Back and Joint Clinic if mechanical spinal traction might benefit you today!