WHAT IS LUMBAR TRACTION
and why it's beneficial for your low back
Lumbar traction is the stretching of the lumbar spine in the flat position.
When you are in an upright position that is standing or sitting,
the forces of gravity compress your discs and jam your facet joints together. That pressure squeezes out the fluids.
If it isn’t corrected, the discs will start to desiccate or dry out; facet joints will jam together and damage the cartilage that lines them. As a result, the degenerative joint disease may occur.
It would be very beneficial if you could stretch the spine, separate those retrievable segments, and create some space in between those facet joints. Doing so will create a negative pressure that can draw in fluids into the discs, effectively re-hydrating them.
If you have low back pain, back stiffness, muscle tightness, then lumbar traction is something you should try.
It is a safe procedure. However, if you have conditions such as retrolisthesis, spondylolisthesisor, spinal stenosis, or osteoporosis, then you want to check with your doctor first to make sure that lumbar traction is safe for you.