Traction

I wanted to talk to you today about a very important spinal corrective exercise we do in the clinic and some we prescribe at home called cervical repetitive traction. So I wanted to kinda go through, first of all, why we do it. And then I’m going to cover how it’s done, and then you can understand the benefits and what can happen for you and why you’re doing it during your care. So, a couple of things about why we do it. So, the number one thing I wanna show you is, when we look at the spine, and I use a spinal model here, this…are the bones. These are the nerves. This is the disc.

So what’s key to keep in mind is that your discs lose the majority of their blood supply roughly around age 12. So that being said, what keeps your discs healthy, hydrated, and nutrient rich is something called motion. The scientific word is imbibition. Forget I said that. Just think, “My discs need motion.” So what traction’s going to do is literally, as you’re gonna see, is it stretches the spine, and it opens it up like that. It’s gonna pump the disc and help restore a lot of nutrients. It’s gonna help keep it hydrated and literally target it so that we can stop the downward spiral of degeneration in many people. It’s a powerful exercise, and oh, by the way, feels great. Pressure comes off, especially for people who have a lot of pressure throughout their shoulders who sit at desks all day or ladies who are developing that hump. This can…literally like a pressure valve, you just press the button on the pressure cooker, and it all can come out. Powerful, powerful exercise.

So let me show you how it’s done. Basically what happens is you’re gonna step into the traction unit. Suspended from the wall, your home unit goes over the door. We, of course, show you how that works and orient you on the whole thing. As you step in, typically about what you’re gonna want to see is that this chin piece is right at about chin level. You take the…the neck piece, put it behind your head. Very important next step is you walk right up ’til your toes touch the wall. So if you’re forward facing on this, which most of our patients are forward facing, my toes are touching the wall. This goes under my chin, hands backwards, and now I have something to keep me stable. And now, the way the exercise works is like this. I’m just gonna baby squat and back up. So I hold for two to three seconds and back up. An alternative contact is, especially people who have jaw or TMJ issues, you can take this and put it right on your forehead. You’re gonna want to take it up one more notch. It’s gonna need to go a little higher for that person, but then you’re gonna go right under here. Put it right on the forehead, and then stretch one, two, three, just like that.

So that’s traction. So it’s a repetitive movement that’s, again, instilling imbibition and pumping that disc to help it stay hydrated over a lifetime. That’s gonna keep you nice and tall, upright, great posture, ear over the shoulders. We don’t want any more of this forward-head carriage, and we talk about your phones, your devices, and all those things. We’re seeing that in kids, adults alike. So traction, very powerful exercise. Don’t take it lightly. Don’t rush through it. You have any questions on the technique involved, we’re big on making sure you do it right. So just check with myself or the staff for both here and your fit at home. Make sure you get this done right, okay? Thank you.