Traction Therapy for Lower Back Pain in Garden City, MI
Lower back pain is on the rise, affecting nearly half of all adult Americans in any given year. It’s one of the main reasons people seek chiropractor care, and a common cause of missed work in our country. Because of the complexity of the back, there are numerous causes, and pain can present itself in countless different ways – some of them debilitating.
The good news is that traction therapy for back pain can not only ease the suffering but correct the underlying cause of the pain.
What is Back Pain and What Causes It?
The back is a complex structure comprised of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, and when one or more of these isn’t working in unison, pain and injury can occur. It can present itself as a dull ache or sharp debilitating pain. It can increase during physical activity, or from remaining in one position for too long, as when sitting at a desk. It can be felt as numbness, tingling, or an electric shock that radiates down one or both legs.
Common causes include strained muscles or ligaments, which can result from a manual labor job that requires bending and lifting, sciatica, structural problems such as a herniated disc, arthritis, osteoporosis, or abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis).
Contributing factors include aging, being overweight, smoking, and hereditary ailments such as arthritis.
What is Traction and How Does it Work?
Many back ailments such as herniated discs and pinched nerves are caused by spinal compression – when the vertebrae are squeezed like an accordion. Traction is the gentle stretching of the spine either manually or with the use of a special machine. Stretching of the spine both returns it to its proper alignment and increases the space between vertebrae, taking pressure off the discs and nerves.
Chiropractic helps your nervous system for improved wellness and a better quality of life.