At Cline Chiropractic of Corona Ca we specialize in Spinal Decompression and utilize the state of the art DRX9000 instead of inexpensive traction machines. According to research simple traction has proven to be less effective and biomechanically inadequate to produce optimal therapeutic results. Traditional traction does not produce spinal decompression.
Spinal decompression reduces the pressure on the spine, the intervertebral discs, and facet joints. It works by creating negative intradiscal pressure in the disc space. THis is accomplished by using proprietary technology that pulls, holds, and releases the spine in a cycle that lasts about 1 minute. This process will happen repeadtedly for 20-25 minutes.
Because of the special cycling action of spinal decompression the body does not respond by tightening the muscles as it does in traction. Normally when pulls are exerted on the spine, the muscles respond by tightening. This is known as a proprioceptor response. Spinal decompression bypasses this response, making the therapy extremely comfortable as well as allowing the body to respond to decompression. During a therapy session you will feel the machine lengthening your spine and relieving the pressure on your discs.
Pressure in the spine is measured with a scientific term called mmHG. It is the same measurements used to measured blood pressure. A high number indicates increased pressure in the disc. For example, normal standing places 100mmHg of pressure the spine. Proper lifting places 300 mmHg of pressure on the spine. Spinal decompression can cause -200mmHg of pressure (that’s200 mmHG below zero). This is the vacuum effect that differentiates spinal decompression from traction. Negative pressure is what allows nutrients, moisture and oxygen to replenish the health of the disc.