Why is traction necessary?

The subluxated (abnormal) spinal position involves the adaptive changes of the ligaments, muscles, and in long standing cases, even the vertebral bones. It is necessary to cervicaltractionapply a force over time to stretch the ligaments back to their normal position. Due to the fact that ligaments stretch rather slowly the traction force must be introduced gradually. Also, because it does take some time for your body to get used to the new healthy position, we must proceed so as to work within your tolerance.

What can you expect to feel while in traction?

Extension/Compression Traction should never be more than uncomfortable. In other words, it should not hurt. When you are able, based on your tolerance, you may ask the staff for more tension to allow for faster changes to your spine. Usually this will be when you get to the maximum traction time in the office of ten minutes. Some common sensations experienced during traction are: pressure in the neck or mid-back, difficulty swallowing, the sensation of mild 'pins and needles' feeling in your fingers like when your 'arm falls asleep' and then is waking up again. A few people report feeling mild nausea immediately following traction. These sensations are not unusual, but they certainly are not 'normal', and you should inform the staff or the doctor if you do experience any of these symptoms.

It is normal to feel some mild to moderate soreness the day following traction. This will be minimized if you utilize ice as instructed by the staff. If you are not clear about this practice ask for clarification immediately.

When will I be able to stop traction?

Remember, you chose to get your spine to as near normal as possible.  Congratulations on a very wise choice. Your health is dependent upon many factors and having your structure as normal as possible to allow for normal function is an essential part for a healthy lifestyle. We will reexamine and re-Xray your spine to determine your progress. Each case is different, and has its own special requirements. Because many people have had their subluxation (abnormal spinal position) for some time, often many years, traction and adjustment may be necessary to maintain progress once maximum correction has been achieved. You may ask the Doctor for the specifics of your case.

The Cervical spine before and during traction:


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