Intersegmental Traction

Intersegmental Traction, this form of spinal decompression is a conservative alternative to the surgical method of decompression. The therapy works by using a motorized traction to gentle stretch the spine. We want to do this in order to take the pressure off the spinal discs and affiliated nerves and other structures. Candidates for SD are those suffering primarily from neck pain, back pain, bulging or herniated discs, and spinal degenerative diseases.

Here’s how intersegmental traction typically works:

Patient Positioning: The patient lies face up on a padded table, often with a set of rollers beneath the table’s surface.

Rolling Motion: The table’s rollers or traction mechanism gently move up and down the spine. This creates a stretching and mobilizing effect on the spinal segments. The speed, direction, and intensity of the motion can be adjusted based on the patient’s needs and the practitioner’s recommendations.


Spinal Mobilization: Intersegmental traction helps mobilize the individual spinal segments. This can be particularly useful for patients with limited spinal mobility or those recovering from injuries or surgeries.
Relaxation: The gentle rolling motion can induce a sense of relaxation and reduce muscle tension in the back.
Improved Circulation: Traction can promote better blood flow to the spinal tissues, which may aid in the healing process.
Sugarloaf Pain & Rehab Relief: Many patients report reduced back pain after intersegmental traction sessions.
Duration and Frequency: The duration and frequency of intersegmental traction sessions can vary depending on the individual’s condition and the practitioner’s recommendations. Sessions typically last 15-30 minutes and may be repeated several times a week.

Precautions: Intersegmental traction is generally considered safe when performed by trained professionals. However, it may not be suitable for everyone, and there are contraindications for certain spinal conditions. It’s important for patients to consult with a qualified healthcare provider, such as a chiropractor or physical therapist, to determine if this therapy is appropriate for their specific condition.

Overall, intersegmental traction is often used as a complementary therapy in conjunction with other chiropractic or physical therapy treatments to address back pain, spinal stiffness, and related issues. It should always be administered by a licensed healthcare provider who can evaluate the patient’s condition and provide appropriate care.