Intersegmental Traction

When your posture and mobility are compromised, some muscles along your spine may tighten up while others may become weak and fatigued. With time, the affected muscles and ligaments can make spinal correction more difficult.  We use intersegmental traction to gently stretch and elongate the muscles supporting your spine to enhance the retraining of your spine and increase mobility of your spine.

Since discs have poor blood supply, they get their nutrients from the circulation of fluids that surround the spinal joints.  Spinal fixations and misalignments prevent this natural circulation and can cause disc thinning and degeneration.  Intersegmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.

The intersegmental traction table contains a roller mechanism beneath it's surface.  These rollers slowly travel the length of the spine, stretching spinal joints.  The gentle rolling action is restful, exercising the spine without effort.  Our patients find it very relaxing!

The gentle rollers move up and down the spine, lifting and separating individual spinal segments for a relaxing therapy to mobilize the spine.

Helpful Benefits

While lying down, the gentle massaging action of the table provides you with these helpful benefits:

  • Joint motion – As you lie relaxed, face up on our table, rollers beneath the surface slowly travel up and down your spine. This adds motion to each spinal segment, the key to restoring improved spinal function.
  • Improved circulation – The gentle stretching of supporting muscles and soft tissues increases oxygen and blood flow, essential for healing.
  • Muscle relaxation – When muscles relax and spasms subside, healing and the recovery process from a spinal injury can be accelerated.
  • Reduces swelling – New injuries are often accompanied by edema and fluid build up. Motion to spinal joints reduces this protective mechanism and sets the stage for better healing.
  • Disc hydration – With blood supply to the discs almost nonexistent, disc nutrition and healing depend upon the circulation of fluids surrounding each joint. Traction helps circulate these fluids, supplying nutrition and removing cellular wastes.
  • Passive exercise – Like stretching before a workout, intersegmental traction helps restore elasticity to muscles supporting the spine. This helps break up adhesions and scar tissue, making your chiropractic adjustments more effective.
  • Feels great – You’ll love the relaxation! Traction feels good, is good for you and is an important adjunctive procedure that enhances the effects of your chiropractic care.

These 10-15 minute sessions, either before or after your chiropractic adjustments, help retrain your spine, establish better support, improved mobility and reduce the effects of scar tissue.

Call our office at 330-758-4446 to schedule an appointment!