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Moment you are diagnosed, you will start getting suggestions for treatment of the slip disc. And most of the options will be for non surgical treatment of the slip disc. Spinal traction for slip disc is one of these methods, used by physiotherapists. Spinal traction is of two types- cervical and lumbar traction. When there is some problem in the cervical region, they go for cervical traction. Similarly in lumbar problems, lumbar traction is done. But spinal traction for slip disc is a master stroke or a mistake. In this article we are talking about this.
We believe in critique- on the basis of approach and scientific parameters. No hate, towards any science. Science is always perfect. This is implementation of the science which can be good or bad.
The foremost point about the spinal traction for slip disc is- this is not a curative treatment for herniated disc, bulged disc or extruded disc. Spinal traction is just a method of pain management. This process is for relaxation of pain. Because this has lest side effects thus everybody accepts it easily, on the scale of – Risk and Benefit scale.
Spinal traction literally means elongation of the spinal column. There are two methods for this- mechanical and manual. They think that by doing traction, intervertebral spaces will increase and this well help the discs to come to natural space. This is the only approach, applicable to traction of the spine.
But there are some valid points, which need to be answered- to better understand the whole concept. These are here-
Shape of spine is like an inverted “S”. There are two curves- in cervical and lumbar region. And one hunch in the thoracic region. The curve in cervical and lumbar is- lordosis. And the thoracic hunch is- kyphosis- in terms of medical. These curves maintain arrangement of the vertebrae. This is research based factual thing that whenever lordosis or kyphosis- changes- it leads to the disturbances with intervertebral discs. This compresses discs and discs- bulge, herniate, extrude or rupture.
When you will stretch the “S” forcefully- what will be the impact?
Yes!! The curves will change. These curves will straighten. Therefore when you undergo spinal traction, it will cause problem. Problem will aggravate, in terms of cause. So this is more like complicating the cause of the problem.
Stiff muscles are the most common causative factor for spinal problems. Thus, we need to cause relaxation to these muscles. But we are tearing the muscle fibres, by stretching these through spinal traction. Muscles should relax. We are causing tension in these.
So it doesn’t seem practical in terms of the approach, to for