Las Vegas Structural Rehabilitation
HOW CAN TRACTION IMPROVE POSTURE?
As the only known conservative method used to restore normal curves to the spine, traction is a necessary and important part of your chiropractic care. It is simply a sustained force applied to the spine in a specific direction for the purpose of restoring normal spinal position, similar to orthodonture.
These traction forces are necessary to reduce abnormal spinal curvatures and correct abnormal postures, and will provide increased stability to damaged spines. To ensure proper application, safety and effective care, spinal traction should only be applied by a practitioner certified in CBP® or Clinical Biomechanics of Posture®.
What to Expect While Undergoing Traction?
Our CBP® Doctors are trained to determine the proper time for traction therapy to begin without any increase in symptoms.
It has probably taken many years to develop abnormal spinal positions; therefore, it will take some time to return the posture back to normal. Traction forces will be applied to the neck, back or both areas to achieve optimal spinal correction.
This type of care will be slowly introduced. As such, it is important to keep an open line of communication with your CBP® Doctor. If, at any time, there is an increase in symptoms, it is important to notify the doctor to determine modifications in force application or duration of traction.
Am I Going to Experience Pain?
No. There are over 50 different forms of spinal traction, so it important to maintain an open line of communication with your doctor. However, because traction is changing the spine from an abnormal position back to normal, you may experience some increased soreness. This soreness is normal and actually expected. If you did not experience increased soreness from the traction, it is likely that you are not changing your spine toward normal.
Just like exercising, you will receive the greatest benefit if you are consistent and diligent in challenging yourself toward a goal of normal spinal structure. If, at any time, you experience an increase in pain during traction, it is crucial to notify your CBP® Doctor to determine if modifications are necessary.
How Long Will it Take?
It is necessary to remember that healing takes time. Both hard work and consistency are vital to achieving the desired outcome.
For example, exercising one day per week for 52 weeks will not yield the same results as exercising for 52 days in a row. In the same way, consistent traction with a concerted effort to increase time and force will more likely result in the corrections that you and your CBP® Doctor will work together to accomplish.
What Will Help My Progress?
There are things you can do outside of the office that can significantly benefit your treatment and assure maximum results. Most importantly, follow doctor’s instructions. This means that if you have been instructed to increase water consumption, decrease smoking or improve your diet and nutrition, be diligent about following through. Remember that our CBP® Doctors have your best interest in mind.