Lumbar Traction Devices

A lumbar traction devices stretch the spine in order to offset spinal compression by stretching the spaces between the vertebrae. Spinal compression can have a multitude of causes, such as improper spinal alignment, infections, osteoarthritis, and other conditions. It can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as pain, numbness, cramping, or weakness in the extremities; sciatica; stiffness in the neck or back; loss of sensation in the feet; and more. Lumbar traction therapy is intended to provide relief from back pain and other conditions associated with spinal compression. Those who have conditions such as a herniated disk may be recommended decompression therapy as part of treatment or for use at home between appointments. Vitality Medical offers traction machines for professional use as well as those for lumbar traction at home.

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Lumbar Home Traction Devices Overview

 

What Benefits Can Back Decompression Machine Provide?

A traction machine for backs stretch the human body to relieve compression of spinal bones, ligaments, discs, or nerves. Spinal compression may cause pain, discomfort, numbness, and more. It is typically used in combination with other forms of physical therapy.

 

Who Should Use a Home Lumbar Traction Unit?

Lumbar traction is typically recommended for those who have back pain, neck pain, or leg pain. Home devices such as the Saunders Lumbar Home Traction Device provide effective lumbar traction therapy in the comfort of the home. A physical therapist may also use a back decompression machine to determine whether further traction therapy will be effective.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do lumbar home traction devices help disc bulges?
According to studies, yes, there is evidence that lumbar traction therapy helps reduce the size of herniated disc material. 1.

Does lumbar traction help with sciatica?
According to studies, patients whose sciatica stemmed as a result of disc herniation reported "reduced radicular pain and functional impairment." 2 .

How long should a traction machine for back be used?
Consult a medical professional to determine what length of time would be best.

Who should not use a lumbar traction device?
These devices are not indicated for patients with acute or subacute nonradicular lower back pain.

 

Footnotes and Citations

  • 1 Ozturk, B., Gunduz, O.H., Ozoran, K. et al. Effect of continuous lumbar traction on the size of herniated disc material in lumbar disc herniation. Rheumatol Int 26, 622-626 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00296-005-0035-x. (Last Accessed Jan-6-2022)
  • 2 Marie-Eve Isner-Horobeti, Stéphane Pascal Dufour, Michael Schaeffer, Erik Sauleau, Philippe Vautravers, Jehan Lecocq, Arnaud Dupeyron, High-Force Versus Low-Force Lumbar Traction in Acute Lumbar Sciatica Due to Disc Herniation: A Preliminary Randomized Trial, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Volume 39, Issue 9, 2016, Pages 645-654, ISSN 0161-4754, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2016.09.006. (Last Accessed Jan-6-2022)
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