Spinal traction is one of the many ways to reduce back ache as well as other back illnesses and one of the modern techniques is Detensor traction therapy.
What is Detensor therapy?
This therapy is being used since 1980s consisting of foam therapy mat which are intended to relieve the backache. The therapy has two forms; traction mats with a recumbency of 18 percent and traction mattress with a recumbency of 5 percent. Mats are used in the daytime and beds are used during the night. This therapy mat is made of corrugated foam and has various densities making it highly effective for back problems. Detensor therapy is sometimes used in combination with acupuncture.
How does Detensor spine traction therapy work?
DTM 18 is a major part of the traction therapy. It uses 18 percent of body mass force of the individual for the extension of the back which relaxes the muscles of the back and provides nutrients which promote self-healing. The individual should remain quiet during the therapy session. The person lies horizontally on the mat and it is wise to use a leg support for the lower legs so that the neutral position of the spine can be achieved; next cervical support is used after which the person lies relaxed for about minimum 40 minutes once daily.
It varies between different individuals according to the severity of the problem, during intensive treatment; it can be conducted three or four times per day. One should not sit up quickly: first lie on your stomach for few seconds then get up. The person might experience some discomfort in the start but it goes away after few minutes. The orthosis mattress uses a force of 5 percent of the body mass for the back traction and is used for night time. Increases the vascular circulation of the skin and it is popular among elderly to prevent decubitus ulcers and other chronic diseases.
Various accessories are used with the mattress that includes leg support, cushion for the seat, cervical support, pillow for the neck support, mattress topper etc.
Benefits of spine areas from lumbar to neck traction therapy:
Traction therapy decreases the pressure on the vertebral discs, helps in the alignment of the spine, reduces the tone of the back musculature and decreases the pressure on the compressed nerves as well as nerve roots. The duration of application can be changed according to the condition because using it for more time does not cause any harm, only after 20 minutes of therapy the pressure between the discs begins to reduce. This therapy is very simple to use and it can be conducted at home. It provides nutrition to the spine thus preventing degeneration of the vertebra.
Why is it preferred?
All in all, it is a successful therapy which has proven to be very helpful for backache, various spine problems and for the maintenance of a healthy vertebral column.