When vertebrae become compressed due to a spinal injury or degenerative condition, the resulting pain can be life-altering. Mechanical traction is one of the treatment options that Dr. Daniel Ragozzine offers to patients in the Milldale, CT area. Mechanical traction is a decompression technique that should only be performed by a licensed chiropractor or physical therapist.
Types of Traction
The two main types of traction that a chiropractor can perform to help relieve lower back or neck pain are manual traction and mechanical traction.
- Manual Traction: With manual traction, the chiropractor uses their hands to separate vertebrae that are compressed against each other, typically to relieve pain from pinched nerves.
- Mechanical Traction: Mechanical traction is a machine-assisted form of decompression. It is performed on a specialized table. Weights are used to increase the spacing between compressed vertebrae.
Conditions Mechanical Traction Can Treat
Dr. Daniel Ragozzine offers mechanical traction treatments to relieve lumbar and cervical pain. This is a highly effective treatment modality that uses gentle force to separate the compressed vertebrae. To relieve cervical pain, the head is gently pulled away from the neck vertebrae. This stretches the surrounding muscles and tendons. For lumbar pain, the pelvis is gently stretched away from the lower spine, relieving low back pain.
Mechanical traction can be used to treat the following painful conditions:
- Herniated discs
- Pinched nerves
- Degenerative disc disease
- Additional painful back and neck conditions
Certain conditions can make a patient ineligible for mechanical traction. If mechanical traction is not the right form of treatment for your condition, Dr. Daniel Ragozzine will discuss other options with you. Keep in mind that modern chiropractic medicine has many additional treatment methods available for patients.
Benefits of Mechanical Traction
In many cases, mechanical traction can provide immediate relief from lower back or neck pain. A mechanical traction table uses computerized calculations to exert precise amounts of weighted pressure to pull compressed vertebrae apart from each other. The stretching can be continuous or intermittent, and it can be combined with additional pain relief treatments such as heat, vibration, and chiropractic massage.
Neck and back pain can become so debilitating that patients no longer enjoy regular activities. For some, the pain is so intense that they cannot even go to work. Mechanical traction takes away the constant pain and strain of compressed vertebrae, so the patient can live a happier and healthier life.
Contact Dr. Daniel Ragozzine about Mechanical Traction
Dr. Ragozzine will work with you to develop a chiropractic care plan tailored to your individual needs. Call Neck and Back Pain Relief Center in Milldale, CT at (860) 620-9523 to schedule an appointment.