Spotlight On: Intersegmental Traction

Among the many services we proved at North County Pain Relief is a little-known one that you may not have heard about in everyday conversation:  Intersegmental Traction. Don’t let the name fool you. It may sound like a complicated and potentially painful procedure but nothing could be further from the truth.  Intersegmental traction is actually a very simple and relaxing treatment that can help your mobility, healing, and make you feel better.  

So what is intersegmental traction and how can it benefit you?  Let’s find out!

The Table

Intersegmental traction is a non-invasive, gentle therapy that treats spinal joints and the surrounding muscles using a roller table that has rollers that slowly move up and down the spine, stretching and the joints and muscles as it goes.  The rollers can be adjusted depending on the patient’s size and conditions. Patients lie on the table on their back and the rollers under the surface of the table move to stretch their spinal joints and muscles, stretching and elongating each vertebra.  As you lay on the table, relaxed, your spine is exercised with no effort from you.

What the Treatment Does

Intersegmental traction improves your health in several different ways.  The treatment reduces stiffness in the vertebrae, increases joint mobility, improves balance, relieves joint and muscle spasms, helps restore your range of motion, and improves the function of the vertebral discs which can prevent further injury.  It’s also effective in preventing or slowing arthritic changes. 

The procedure increases the blood flow and oxygen into the discs of the spine as well as surrounding muscles and ligaments improving circulation.  The circulation of fluids that surround each joint provides them with much-needed nutrition and waste removal.  

By stretching each vertebra, everything is put back into proper position which gives muscles and discs space to move and function correctly.  It can also reduce swelling that comes with edema and fluid build-up.

When intersegmental traction is used in conjunction with your chiropractic adjustments, the benefits of the adjustments are greatly enhanced. If done just prior to chiropractic adjustments, the adjustments are easier and more effective than without.

Intersegmental traction is a pain-free, drug-free treatment that many people find to be soothing and relaxing.  It’s effective for the treatment of back injuries, back spasms, whiplash, pinched nerves, discs, and soft tissue injuries associated with auto accidents and sports injuries.  It’s a gentle way to restore movement.  

If you are experiencing back pain or spasms or any of the conditions mentioned above and want to try intersegmental traction treatments, call North County Pain Relief at (314) 731-4201 and make an appointment today.  We’re dedicated to offering our patients various therapies to promote better healing and relieve pain. Aside from chiropractic adjustments and intersegmental traction, our office offers hydrotherapy, moist heat therapy, cryotherapy, and chiropractic massage.  We always use the latest technologies to ensure safe and non-invasive therapies that help to improve mobility and get you on the road to a healthier you. Call today for a free consultation.