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Traction Therapy

Traction therapy is a type of decompression therapy offered by Upchurch Chiropractic in Royal Oak, MI. This kind of therapy relieves pressure on the spine and alleviates pain from joints and sprains. Also, it treats herniated discs, pinched nerves, and all back-related conditions. Our chiropractic care specialist performs traction therapy in our clinic. 


Are you struggling with back pain or spine injuries? Read along to see how this therapy will help you.

How Does Traction Therapy Work?

The procedure involves stretching the spinal column gently to relieve back or neck pain. The pressure is placed on the discs, thus creating negative pressure. Once the discs feel the pressure, they retract and create a reverse vacuum. That helps to draw the protruding disc back to its place. 

When our qualified chiropractor does spinal decompression, there is good blood flow to the spinal discs. That promotes oxygen flow inside the disc, which promotes tissue repair, thus giving patients long-term healing. 

The procedure does not involve any surgery, and that's why it is referred to as nonsurgical decompression therapy. 

When this procedure is compared with cervical traction (chiropractic biophysics), lumbar traction (cox flexion distraction), and intersegmental traction, there are a couple of differences. 

Cervical traction involves pulling the head to create a space between the cervical vertebrae, whereas lumbar traction concentrates on the pelvic bone. Intersegmental traction targets the muscles. However, in all the processes, the spine is the primary target. 

Chiropractic Spinal Decompression Traction Process

Our chiropractor takes the patient's personal information like body weight, spinal condition, and level of sensitivity to personalize the treatment. Then he fits two harnesses, one around the pelvis and the other around the legs. 

The patient lies on a computer-controlled table, and once that is done, the chiropractor adjusts the table. The lower back can then slide up and down comfortably and gently, aligning the spine, thus alleviating pain. 

It is a painless process except for people with disc trauma. However, the patient can always speak up or press the safety switch if uncomfortable. 

Chiropractic Care Tailored for You

Upchurch Chiropractic in Royal Oak, MI, offers sessions tailored to every patient according to his or her needs. Twenty to 28 sessions are needed. After a few sessions, a patient may feel pain alleviating and opt to quit. 

However, completing your sessions as per the doctor's prescription is advisable to get long-lasting results. 

If you are suffering from spine injuries and other related back pain, call us at (248) 545-8550 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Upchurch. Come and experience the spinal decompression therapy done by our chiropractic care specialist that is safe and alleviates pain. 


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