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Living with the constant companion of lumbar and leg pain due to degenerative disc disease is a reality for many, including some of us here. We understand the search for relief leads down many paths, but we’ve discovered that mechanical traction therapy shines a hopeful light.

Our guide dives into managing discomfort with this form of therapy, focusing on its knack for easing spinal pressure to diminish pain and boost your day-to-day movement.

Understanding Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease refers to a condition that affects the discs between the vertebrae in our spine. These discs act as cushions, helping our spine flex, bend, and support weight.

Over time, they can wear down or degenerate due to aging or injury, leading to pain and a decreased range of motion. We see this condition not just as an inevitable part of aging but as something we can actively manage with treatments like mechanical therapy.

In dealing with this disease, it’s crucial for us to understand how our spinal health plays into overall wellbeing. Our approach combines lumbar manual traction, spinal decompression, and physical therapy exercises tailored specifically for those suffering from sciatica, facet joint syndrome, disc protrusion, and other related conditions caused by degenerative disc changes.


  1.  As we age, our spinal discs lose moisture and flexibility, making them less effective as shock absorbers between the vertebrae. This natural aging process can lead to degeneration.
  2. Activities and lifestyles that place extra stress on the spine, such as repetitive heavy lifting or prolonged sitting, can accelerate disc wear and tear. Obesity also adds additional pressure on the discs, speeding up their degradation.
  3. Injuries from sports or accidents might cause immediate damage to a disc or initiate a slower process of degeneration. These incidents often result in small tears within the disc’s outer layer, which progresses over time.
  4. Genetics play a role too; some people inherit a predisposition for early-onset disc degeneration. If family members have experienced similar issues, it increases one’s own risk of developing this condition.
  5. Smoking is another factor that diminishes blood supply to the discs, thereby hastening their deterioration. Cutting down or quitting smoking can slow down this aspect of spinal health decline.


  • Back pain
  • Sciatica pain
  • Stiffness and reduced flexibility
  • Numbness of tingling in the limbs
  • Weak muscles
  • Loss of balance and mobility issues
  • Lumbar pain

What is Mechanical Lumbar Traction Therapy?

Mechanical spinal traction therapy uses machines to gently stretch the spinal column. This process helps create space between lumbar vertebrae, easing pain and promoting healing.

Types of Traction Therapy

  • Lumbar traction – Targets the lower back, specifically aiding in relieving pain from conditions like herniated discs and sciatica.
  • Spinal decompression therapy – Focuses on gently stretching the spine. This method can significantly reduce pressure on compressed discs, alleviating symptoms of facet joint syndrome and spinal stenosis.

Both traction types for treatment of lumbar disc work by creating space between spinal vertebrae, which helps in improving blood flow and nutrient exchange to the affected area. Our approach includes both mechanical devices and manual techniques to ensure precise application tailored to individual patient needs.

By integrating exercises specific to traction therapy into our treatment plans, we enhance recovery outcomes for those suffering from degenerative disc disease.


  • Significantly reduces lumbar and leg pain for those struggling with degenerative disc disease. This effective pain management technique helps us live more comfortably, allowing for better mobility and quality of life.
  • Enhances our ability to perform daily activities without discomfort. It makes tasks that once seemed challenging more manageable.
  • Addresses multiple conditions like herniated discs, sciatica, pinched nerves, facet joint syndrome, and spinal stenosis. Its versatility ensures comprehensive care for various aspects of degenerative disc disease.
  • Alleviates pain not only from joints but also from sprains and spasms contributing to our overall well-being.


Mechanical traction therapy, while beneficial, comes with its own set of adverse effects if done by an inexperienced practitioner.

  1. Incorrectly applied traction can cause muscle strain or even worsen existing conditions, such as disc protrusion and joint dysfunction.
  2. Certain individuals may experience increased pain following manual therapy sessions, particularly if their bodies respond negatively to the stretching involved in spinal decompression.
  3. Some patients might not be suitable candidates for mechanical traction therapy due to particular health concerns, such as osteoporosis, severe obesity, or having had previous spinal surgery, which could affect the safety and effectiveness of the treatment.

Mechanical Traction Therapy for Degenerative Disc Disease

Understanding the Procedure

  1. We begin the mechanical traction therapy session by carefully assessing our patient’s condition, ensuring they meet the criteria for this type of treatment and don’t have any contraindications.
  2. Our patients lie comfortably on a special table designed for decompression therapy. This setup allows for precise adjustments tailored to their specific spinal condition, whether it be degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, or spinal stenosis.
  3. We then apply a gentle yet effective force along the spine through either lumbar traction or cervical traction, aiming to alleviate pain and improve mobility. This procedure can significantly relieve lumbar and leg pain associated with degenerative disc disease.
  4. Throughout the sessions, we monitor our patients’ responses closely to adjust the level of force applied during spinal traction therapy. This ensures maximum comfort and effectiveness in treating conditions like sciatica, facet joint syndrome, and pinched nerves.
  5. Post-therapy, we guide our patients through traction in combination with targeted physical therapy exercises that further aid in managing symptoms of degenerative disc disease and enhancing recovery outcomes.

Relieving Musculoskeletal Discomfort

We understand the struggles that come with musculoskeletal discomfort, especially for those dealing with degenerative disc disease. By applying mechanical traction therapy, we help reduce the pressure on your spine, offering significant relief from pain caused by herniated discs, sciatica, and facet joint syndrome.

This process not only eases discomfort but also aids in improving mobility and quality of life.

Through gentle stretching of the spine in spinal decompression sessions, we alleviate the stress on your affected joints and discs. This method has shown promising results in lowering pain levels and enhancing physical function in patients with lumbar disc herniation.

Our approach focuses on offering effective pain management while supporting your journey towards spinal health without overwhelming you with complicated procedures or language.

Exercises for Traction Therapy

These exercises play a crucial role in enhancing the benefits of mechanical traction therapy for patients with degenerative disc disease.

  1. We start by gently stretching the spine through lumbar spine traction or spinal decompression exercises. This method carefully pulls apart the vertebrae to reduce pressure on discs and nerves.
  2. Incorporating physical therapy sessions, we emphasize movements designed to strengthen back muscles. This support is vital for maintaining spinal alignment and easing discomfort associated with degenerative disc disease.
  3. To specifically target areas affected by conditions like sciatica or facet joint syndrome, we introduce tailored stretches. These stretches aim at loosening tight muscles around the cervical spine, offering significant pain relief.
  4. For individuals experiencing herniated discs or disc protrusion, we guide them through controlled, therapeutic exercises. These are intended to improve flexibility and promote healing of spinal tissues.
  5. Finally, exercise routines including yoga or pilates, may be recommended as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Such practices encourage core strength, flexibility, and stress reduction, which are beneficial in managing degenerative disc disease symptoms.

Through these focused exercises within traction therapy protocols, our goal is to not only alleviate pain but also improve overall function and mobility for those dealing with degenerative disc diseases.

Preparing for and Recovering from Therapy

We start preparing for mechanical traction therapy by consulting with healthcare professionals to ensure it’s safe and suitable for our condition, considering contraindications like certain types of disc bulges.

It’s crucial to share our complete medical natural history and current symptoms. Before each session, we make sure to wear comfortable clothing that allows easy movement and flexibility.

Recovering from therapy involves following a tailored aftercare plan, which may include gentle exercises, massage therapy, or chiropractic care recommended by our therapist. Staying hydrated and practicing correct posture are key steps in enhancing the benefits of mechanical traction treatment for degenerative disc disease.

Begin healing from Degenerative Disc Disease Today!

Mechanical traction therapy offers hope for those suffering from degenerative disc disease. It significantly reduces lumbar and leg pain, making everyday activities more manageable.

By including exercises and careful preparation, patients enhance their recovery journey effectively. Our comprehensive approach focuses on personalized treatment plans that address your unique needs.

Schedule your appointment with Create Wellness Center today and take the first step towards a pain-free life.