|Posted on December 1, 2014 at 8:15 PM|
Intersegmental Traction (a.k.a. Spinalator)
Intersegmental Traction is a specialized procedure designed to give passive exercise to the 110 articulations or joints associated with your spine. Your normal daily activities provide "active exercise", however, "passive exercise" must be produced by an outside source. If properly done, passive exercise provides your spine with natural nutrients, circulation, and mobility that can be accomplished in no other way. Spinal injuries cause the joints of the spine to lock up and lose their ability to bend and twist normally. This loss of mobility causes the disc to lose its nutritional supply and further hinders its function, pliability and flexibility. This loss leads to degeneration of the motor units and attracts unwanted calcium which causes arthritis of the joints. This loss of youthful flexibility has been termed by lay people as an "aging spine turned to cement as it heals."
Intersegmental Traction used in conjunction with Chiropractic care loosens the locked up joints and gives passive motion exercise and therapy which feed the discs between the vertebrae. This helps to return flexibility, elasticity, and preservation to that all important disc space which protects the opening for the spinal nerve.
The feeling of the intersegmental traction has been described by patients as the "magic fingers" approach to back care. Its ability to "iron out" a crooked spine with its soothing way of stretching the yellow elastic fibers is amazing physicians and therapists with positive results wherever it is used.