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Posted Oct 06 2010 9:43am

Years ago traction for compressed/bulging discs was a pully and weight traction system which I have experienced as a treatment for both my lumber and my cervical spine.

However now there is hope for people with chronic back pain and for people with symptoms such as sciatica, muscle spasms, loss of use and tingling. This treatment involves no surgery, no pins, rods or fusions and it is becoming more popular in lots of hospitals world wide.

It is called spinal decompression treatment which is a non-invasive treatment to gently decompressed the bulging discs.

You are strapped to a table lying face down and attached to a computer which checks every 17th of a second whether your muscles are tense or relaxed. The computer controls the distraction force which is applied in between periods of relaxation. This gently pulls the spine apart which stretches it and creates a small vacuum between the vertebrae which pulls the disc back into shape.

It is believed that reducing the pressure in the lumbar discs may also promote healing of the disc as fluids and nutrients enter the disc through diffusion. It works very slowly but over time lets the disc reshape itself, and then regulate proper blood flow to the discs to relieve the pain.

The chances are that you will need a number of treatments which last in the region of thirty to forty minutes each time, but that's nothing if it can cure the pain you are in.

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