Spinal Traction Or Spinal Decompression Which is Better & Why?

Which should you choose; Spinal Traction or Spinal Decompression Therapy? Traction is suitable for simple neck and back issues. Difficult conditions such as bulging discs, herniated discs, sciatica, and spondylolisthesis are better treated with spinal decompression therapy devices such as the RxDecom®!

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    Is Traction Therapy As Good As Spinal Decompression?

    A Russian neurologist VM Bekhterev invented the modern-day traction therapy device in the late 1890s. Over the years, it has improved; however, clinically, it has not been as successful for patients suffering from slipped discs (bulging, herniated, and protruded spinal discs). Moreover, numerous published studies are documenting a worsening or progression of bulging and herniated discs and patients treated with spinal traction. Spinal decompression therapy started to emerge in the late 1990s to address the shortcomings of spinal traction therapy.

    Initial methods of spinal decompression therapy proved successful for neck and back pain patients suffering from herniated and bulging discs—advancement in technology enabled the integration of IT with robotic engineering to improve spinal decompression further. The RxDecom® is one of the most advanced forms of spinal decompression therapy through the integration of medical since, robotics, and IT.

    NSD Therapy® Versus Traction, Physiotherapy & Chiropractic Treatments

    Some of you have written to us wanting a comparative explanation between traction and spinal decompression. It is a no-brainer when you have spinal traction vs. spinal decompression! Spinal decompression is much better. It is that simple. It has technologically advanced sensors, a computer interface, remote monitoring, and a system that targets specific segments. Traction is just pulling blindly. Traction is pretty much the same as hanging from your ankles.

    Patients have also asked us: Should I get traction or spinal decompression for your pain? What are the differences between traction and spinal decompression? These are the common question that our NSD Therapy® treatment centers get from those in pain. In this section of our website, we will try to provide answers to these questions to clarify the differences in technologies, methods, and systems when it comes to Spinal Traction or Spinal Decompression therapy.

    NSD Therapy® is provided through collaborative approaches and systems of spine care that incorporate specialized forms of physical therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic, rehabilitation, and of course, nutrition. It is a complete form of spine care in the world today. Many chiropractors and physical therapists claim to offer holistic treatments but fall short. NSD Therapy® is better than chiropractic or physical therapy (physiotherapy) as it incorporates both professions' best and most researched practices plus more, much more.

    Slipped Disc Treatment Success Rate of Chiropractors & Physiotherapists

    Granted, there are many great chiropractors and many great physical therapists. When it comes to a complicated spinal disc condition, both chiropractors and physical therapists have failed to make a significant mark, as evident in the rise of surgical interventions. Traditionally, a chiropractor is more concerned with joint alignment. They are at times fanatical about their subluxation corrections. The correction of subluxations is helpful but rather limited in scope.

    Patients with complicated spinal disorders find the subluxation treatments ineffective. Some that have favorable outcomes are required to sign on packages as their condition frequently re-occurs. The chiropractor's unyielding attraction to a misaligned vertebra (subluxation) has kept some practitioners from joining the 21st century. Some still practice as D.D. Plamer died in 1895. The physical therapist fares not much better. Their view of soft tissue manipulation and unspecific joint mobilizations has limited scope and value. The modern physical therapy treatments are all about manual procedures, literally massaging, deep tissue therapy and trigger pointing every musculoskeletal disorder they can get their hands on.

    Perhaps it is not all their fault. Perhaps it is the fault of the insurance industry. The insurance payments made to physical therapists would have a higher dollar value if the procedure were one where the therapists used his or her hands. Insurance companies do not pay as well for modalities or treatments rendered by electrical stimulation, traction or ultrasound. Their payments for manual procedures such as massage, trigger point therapy or stretching are higher, and as such, some PTs are eager to do more hands-on treatments for better pay.

    Manual Chiropractic or Physiotherapy Insufficient in Retracting a Slipped Disc

    Manual procedures are excellent, but there are limitations. Like some chiropractors, some physical therapists have developed tunnel vision, and all they do is either manual therapy or trigger point therapy coupled with exercise and stretching. Traction is a modality used to treat herniated disc, sciatica, spondylosis, neck and back pain. 

    When You Compare: Spinal Traction to Spinal Decompression Therapy: Spinal Decompression Wins!

    Traction by itself or combined with physical therapy has failed to produce results for slipped disc patients. Had traction or physical therapy been successful in treatments of the slipped disc, there would not be as many back or neck surgeries performed today. Traction and Physical Therapy are the two most common treatment and therapy options found in every hospital regardless of location.

    The rise in spine surgery intervention is a testament to the failures of traction modality. Many spinal surgeons are reluctant to prescribe traction, fearing worsening their patient’s condition. But, yet every hospital that has an orthopedic surgeon has at least one traction device.  Just what are they trying to do?

    The BEST Non-Surgical Treatment Device is the RxDecom®

    There are many established cases where traction worsened a slipped disc. NSD Therapy® has proven more successful than traction. We have a documented case: spinal traction vs. spinal decompression therapy: NSD therapy®. NSD Therapy® utilized the RxDecom. The RxDecom® is the most advanced form of spinal decompression therapy today. In addition to the treatments via the RxDecom®, the patient will also be treated collaboratively by an expert clinical team of chiropractors and physical therapists.

    The technological advantage coupled with specialized chiropractic care and physical therapy treatments is just a few reasons why NSD Therapy® is superior to the singular efforts of traction, chiropractic, or physical therapy. In short, whenever you have a case of Spinal Traction or Spinal Decompression: Non-Surgical Decompression treatment is better. Don’t just take our word for it; visit an NSD Therapy® treatment center near you today for more information about spinal traction or spinal decompression therapy.