What is the difference between traction and decompression?
The primary difference between your average traction technique and this type of herniated disc treatment is that the computer and equipment used in the latter is able to more closely control and monitor the stretching of the spinal column. This treatment is far more effective not only at decompressing the spine but also at re-hydrating the discs, thereby reducing herniation.
Your typical traction treatment consists of extending the spine at a determined force and speed. In contrast, decompressing the spine gradually increases the force as appropriate and changes with the needs and responses of the patient. The machine takes the reactions of the body into consideration and adapts the force as needed to ensure the best possible results. This also ensures that you, the patient, remain as relaxed and comfortable throughout the therapy as possible. You may be surprised to learn that many patients even fall asleep!