Spinal nerve compression often affects individuals suffering from degenerative disc disease, facet disease, or arthritis of the spine. A compressed, pinched nerve can cause symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness – symptoms that spread as far as the fingers and toes. Therefore, traction is an attempt to “open up” spinal subluxations, or abnormalities, and gradually shift them back into their proper alignment so that nerve compression is eliminated.
Traction approaches will vary based on the individual needs of the patient, but may include mechanical traction, manual traction, and anti-gravity traction methods.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)
Electric muscle stimulation therapy may enhance tissue healing and inflammation control. It works by reducing swelling and increasing circulation. Muscle stimulation may block nerve transmission at the spinal cord, thereby reducing pain sensations.