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What is traction?

DTS – Spinal Decompression Therapy (traction) is a form of mechanotherapy which is used in our centre for the treatment of painful syndromes in the areas of cervical and lumbar spine. This non-surgical decompression is based upon the gentle extension of the spinal cord, which leads to the change in position and encumbrance of the spinal cord structure. The result obtained is the decrease in the intervertebral discs resistance and the metabolic processes improvement. However, in the case of a prolapsed disc, the negative pressure which is being created (the so-called vacuum phenomena) ought to bring to its slow retreat and the gradual lowering of the pressure on the neural structure.

When is the traction applied?

This method of therapy can be used independently or in combination with other forms of physical therapy in the following events:

  • Degenerative changes in the intervertebral disc
  • Disc herniation and disc protrusion
  • Facet joints disorders
  • Pressure on the spinal nerve roots
  • The reduction of the mobility of the spinal cord
  • Degenerative changes in the facet joints

How is the traction applied?

This form of therapy is preceded by a detailed anamnesis in order to determine whether this is a suitable method of treatment for each patient individually. More often than not, it is necessary to run some radiological diagnostic as well (X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging). In our offices, the decompression therapy is carried out by using the latest Triton DTS sophisticated computerized system consisting of a table which can be adapted to each patient, a system of belts, and software enhanced traction unit. During the therapy, patients are fully dressed, in a lying position either on their back or stomach. The traction phase alone last up to fifteen minutes and the client is comfortable the entire time. One series encompasses up to twenty treatments.