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Traction and its Role in Physical Therapy

Traction plays a vital role in many different treatments here at Wellness Professionals. It allows for more impactful adjustments as well as more efficient healing by the body. Traction works by removing gravity's load on the spine, which allows for the spine to decompress. This decompression causes the spine to straighten out leading to reduced pressure on spinal disks. The decompression brought about by traction can be used to treat specific disorders including pinched nerves or impingements, headaches, herniated disks, degenerative disk disease, and many more. This method can also be used to improve range of motion before or after manual treatment by a chiropractor or exercise with a physical therapist.

Here at Wellness Professionals we offer two different types of mechanical traction. Mechanical traction, as opposed to manual traction, is a decompression method that uses machines to reduce the load on the spine instead of the physical therapist doing it by hand. The first type of traction we offer concentrates on the lumbar region of the spine. The lumbar region is generally described as the lower back, and consists of the lowest five vertebrae of the spine. The second type of traction focuses on the cervical region of the spine. This area consists of the seven vertebrae closest to the base of the skull, and is generally described as the neck area. Each type of traction plays a very important role in treatments, depending on where the source of pain is or each individual.

Here at Wellness Professionals, we strive to improve every patient's health and overall quality of life. By combining the use of mechanical traction of the spine and physical therapy, we are able to treat patients more effectively and efficiently. Gravity puts a heavy load on the spine daily and without proper decompression at night and/or through traction, it can lead to many problems centered around one's vertebral disks. Our goal is to relieve this pain, and we possess not only the equipment, but also the skill required to help you take your best steps toward overall wellness. Visit us at wellnessprofessionalsinc.com in order to learn more about our  various treatment methods or about spinal health in general.


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May 31, 2016
Dr. Michael Dickerson

Dr. Michael Dickerson is a graduate of Parker College of Chiropractic. Upon Graduation, Dr. Dickerson practiced in Bastrop, LA before returning home to Northwest Arkansas. Dr. Dickerson has always focused on obtaining the best result for his patients and staying current on the best neuro spinal biomechanical treatments in the profession.