Traction Therapy

Overview of Traction Therapy

Spinal decompression is used to create a distractive force to relieve pressure on the nerve roots by taking pressure off the discs and joints therefore enhancing the natural healing process by increasing circulation, increasing mobility and decreasing inflammation.

 

Traction TherapyEffects of Traction Therapy

The Triton traction device provides a treatment in static, intermittent, and cyclic distraction forces to relieve pressures on structures that may be causing pain of skeletal or muscular origin (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, hip, wrist, shoulder). Therapeutic distraction can be applied in a variety of programmable patterns, cycles and functions.

COMMON TERMS

Progressive Traction
Progressive traction refers to a traction phase during the treatment when the tension gradually increases.

Regressive Traction
Regressive traction refers to a traction phase during the treatment when the tension gradually decreases.

TX (Traction)
TX (Traction) refers to the type of traction used during a treatment. There are three modes to choose from: static, intermittent or cyclic traction mode.

Steps
The term "step" refers to the increment in which the traction tension is either increased or decreased during therapy.

Static Traction Therapy
This term denotes that a steady amount of traction is applied for periods from a few minutes up to 99 minutes. The shorter duration is usually coupled with more tension. Static lumbar traction is most effective if a split table is utilized to reduce friction. It is important that it is the type that maintains constant tension. This way, any slack developed as the patient relaxes during the traction therapy is automatically taken up and the desired amount of traction is maintained. Static traction is sometimes referred to as sustained traction.

Intermittent Traction Therapy
This form of traction alternates traction tension levels – maximum and minimum – every few seconds throughout the timed treatment. It is also most effective if a split table is used to reduce friction when giving lumbar traction. In the progressive and regressive phases, the traction unit pulls to the calculated tension, holds for the set hold time, then drops to 50 percent of this tension, holds the set rest time and then repeats this step for the number of steps selected. However, once the minimum level is reached, the traction unit uses the minimum level for the rest time.

Cyclic Traction
Cyclic traction refers to progressive and regressive phases of the traction program being repeated continuously throughout the entire course of the traction treatment.

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is used to create a distractive force to relieve pressure on the nerve roots by taking pressure off the discs and joints therefore enhancing the natural healing process by increasing circulation, increasing mobility and decreasing inflammation. The device we use is called the Chattanooga Triton DTS traction system. This procedure is becoming widely regarded as an effective approach to treating disc problems, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, and sciatica. During the session, the patient will experience several cycles of stretch and relaxation. Many individuals benefit greatly with a few sessions. This procedure can also be used for maintenance of non-disc conditions for generalized stretching. DTS Therapy is a leading non-surgical alternative to surgery. You may have relief of chronic debilitating low back or neck pain, which may shoot pain into the legs, buttocks and arms. The DTS Therapy is helping thousands of people, who just like you, thought they would never eliminate the pain associated with simple tasks, such as getting out of a chair or up and out of bed. No drugs are involved and no serious side effects have been reported with DTS Therapy.

About Traction Therapy

INDICATIONS

The Triton traction device provides traction and mobilization of skeletal structures and skeletal muscles.

The Triton traction device may be used to relieve peripheral radiation/sciatica and pain associated with

  • Protruding Discs
  • Bulging Discs
  • Herniated Discs
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Posterior Facet Syndrome
  • Acute Facet Problems
  • Radicular Pain
  • Prolapsed Discs
  • Spinal Root Impingement
  • Hypomobility
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Compressions Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Discogenic Pain

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Traction is contraindicated for the following:

  • Structural Disease Secondary to Tumor or Infection
  • Patients with Vascular Compromise
  • Any Condition for Which Movement is Contraindicated
  • Patients with Acute Strains, Sprains and Inflammation Which Would be Aggravated by Traction Therapy
  • Patients with Joint Instability of the Spine
  • Pregnancy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Hiatus Hernia
  • Claustrophobia
  • Cardiac or Pulmonary Problems
 

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