Is Spinal Decompression the Same as Traction? PART 1

Posted on 22 Aug 02:08
Probably the most common question we get from clients who are investigating whether or not to add a spinal decompression is, “What’s the difference between spinal decompression and traction? They couldn’t possibly be the same?  Right?” We decided to scour the Internet for data, scientific proof and medical support for the differences in spinal decompression and traction.  We found that about 99% of doctors and clinics absolutely believe spinal decompression and traction are different and that spinal decompression is “far superior to traction” in every way. Here are just a few quotes we found: At http://www.thediscdoctors.com/traction_is_not_spinal_decompression.html, the author described “traction tables” such as the Triton DTS and other “rope and pulley” systems by stating that “several health care practitioners" have marketed their "Simple Traction" therapy, (a component of physical medicine used for many decades) “FALSELY, DECEPTIVELY, AND FRAUDULENTLY as Spinal Decompression Therapy.” WOW! “FALSELY, DECEPTIVELY, AND FRAUDULENTLY,” pretty strong words. At http://www.spinaldecompressiontherapytoronto.com/traction-vs-decompression/ The author, describes “traction” tables such as the Triton DTS and others in the following manner, “We are being very careful to not become grouped together with these often shady health care practitioners, and are committed to educating out patients about the differences between old school rope and harness traction tables and our TRUE Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression tables, and also to differentiate between fake so called Decompression tables which are actually just the same disguised rope and harness traction tables labeled as Decompression tables, and are not TRUE Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression tables like our Evolution DT® table.” “Shady”, “Fake”, “True Decompression,” yet again some pretty strong opinions on the difference between traction and decompression. Finally, yet another source “proving” spinal decompression and traction are NOT the same thing can be found here. “Many physicians have criticized traditional traction. Traction fails in many cases because it causes muscular stretch receptors to fire, which then causes para-spinal muscles (muscles that surround the spine) to contract. This muscular response actually causes an increase in intradiscal pressure creating more pain. Traction does not create a vacuum effect within the disc, allowing nutrients and oxygen into the disc, therefore, the disc does not heal.” So, according to this author, “traction” not only doesn’t work but it actually causes an INCREASE in intradiscal pressure creating MORE pain. What’s really the truth?  Is traction such as the Triton DTS spinal decompression table “fake” decompression?  Are the clinics out there that are using these tables “frauds”, increasing their patient’s pain and either seeing no success or actually making their patients worse? It is our belief that Traction and Spinal decompression indeed are the same.  Yes, you heard us correctly!  TRACTION AND SPINAL DECOMPRESSION ARE INDEED THE SAME THING! “But how could that be,” you might ask?  Before we answer that question, will examine other arguments purporting that spinal decompression is in some way “far superior” to traction in our upcoming Part 2 of the debate. Look for it soon. What’s your opinion? Get your FREE report, “19 Reasons to Add Spinal Decompression to Your Practice” today now.