Is Spinal Decompression the Same as Traction? PART 3

Posted on 05 Sep 02:40
If you read our previous articles on this topic, Part 1 and Part 2 , you probably agree that if you ask 10 different doctors to explain the difference between spinal decompression and traction, you will most likely hear 10 different answers.  Let’s examine some more arguments so we can figure out what’s really the truth and what just sounds really cool. Features One common argument is “we get these idiot doctors who bring in their Triton DTS traction tables, charge a lot less, market it as spinal decompression and ruin it for the rest of us.” So, the theory is that if a table is very simple looking and doesn’t come complete with several expensive computers, it must be a traction table. Similarly, if a table has lots of lights, bells, whistles and accessories, it must be a spinal decompression table. While we applaud companies who add computers, lights and accessories on their tables for patient comfort and entertainment, this doesn’t explain an ACTUAL difference between a traction table and spinal decompression.  A Mercedes may have a lot more features than a Honda Accord but when you remove the heated seats, the 19-cup holders and the heated steering wheel, you are left with 2 automobiles that are going to get you from point A to point B.  One transports you with a little more style; however, both performed their intended purpose, which is to get you to where you want to go.  We scoured the Internet and could not find even one logical explanation illustrating WHY traction and spinal decompression are different.  Everyone states that they are, but no one actually provides proof or statistical evidence to support their opinion. Clinical Outcomes Another common reason is “True” spinal decompression is superior due to, “most importantly the clinical results achieved.” Does that mean that “True” spinal decompression clinics are achieving significant outcomes while other options exacerbate patients’ problems? When one reviews the clinical effectiveness of all of these tables, decompression and traction, there are no significant clinical outcomes differences, meaning that they are ALL traction tables that are able to produce decompression forces in the discs. Another way to look at it--they are ALL spinal decompression tables as well. While one author argued emphatically that decompression and traction are not the same, his argument actually did make some sense and reflected our opinion to a degree. He stated, “Decompression is a progressive event--a combination of restraint, angle position and equipment engineering. One can experience traction without decompression, but not decompression without traction. Traction is a machine. Decompression is a progressive event.” http://www.betterlife4backs.com/about_chiro/Traction_vs_Decompression.htm Well said.  And that is exactly why almost ALL tables out there are contributing to significant patient success, even the less expensive Triton DTS. ANY table that allows you to apply a traction force, over a period of extended time, with a ramping up and ramping down, and is comfortable for the patient to lie on is going to produce the desired outcome in a majority of patients who qualify for “traction.” What kind of results are you seeing with traction?   Get our FREE report, “19 Reasons to Add Spinal Decompression to Your Practice. Just click here to download the FREE report.