How Can Traction Help Reduce the Pressure in Your Lower Back?


Pain and pressure in the lower (lumbar) back can be caused by a range of issues, including nerve compression, muscle strain, and more. Holistic healthcare providers, including chiropractors, will try to identify the source of lumbar pressure or pain and prescribe a treatment that addresses both the symptoms and the root cause of the discomfort. Lumbar traction is one of these approaches.

Lumbar traction is a healing processes used by some holistic healthcare practitioners to help patients overcome discomfort and pain associated with the lumbar area. Using weights; pulleys; and levers; a chiropractor will apply mechanized pressure to manipulate the lower back and gently stretch the spine itself, resulting in a slow and steady decompression process.

Chiropractors may use lumbar traction to treat a range of back pain symptoms and causes; including sciatica, bulging discs, diseased spinal nerve joints, and more. The only way to determine if lumbar traction is a suitable treatment for you and your back pressure or pain is to ask your chiropractor if this therapy is right for you. At Advanced Spine and Posture, we’re always happy to explain the potential benefits of traction to all of our Las Vegas, NV patients.

What to expect with spinal traction

If your chiropractor recommends spinal traction therapy for you, it’s important to realize there are two primary methods of administering treatment.

  • It’s likely they’ll start by administering manual lumbar traction therapy. During a manual therapy session, a chiropractor uses their hands to manipulate the spine and surrounding joints and muscles into a state of traction. This is often a less intensive form of traction therapy.
  • Mechanical spinal traction therapy involves a series of devices, including pulleys, slings and more. The chiropractor will use these tools to slowly, gently stretch out the spine and alleviate pressure. Mechanical spinal traction is a more intensive therapy that may cause some temporary discomfort.

During and after spinal traction treatments, you’re likely to experience small muscle spasms. Some soreness in the lumbar back and other areas of the spinal column may result, as well. Your chiropractor will likely offer you tips for pain management following your appointment. It’s important to remain well rested and hydrated both before and after a traction therapy appointment.


While studies demonstrating the effectiveness of spinal traction on treating back pain and pressure are inconclusive; anecdotal evidence suggests spinal traction therapy is an effective means of treatment for many patients suffering from sciatica and other forms of disc damage.

The best way to ascertain whether spinal traction therapy is right for you is simply asking your chiropractor. If traction alleviates pain and pressure in your lumbar back, you can work out a treatment schedule with your practitioner.

Advanced Spine and Posture is a full-service chiropractic care center in Las Vegas, NV offering holistic healthcare solutions for residents of the this area. Count on us to provide you with personalized, innovative treatment strategies, rooted in our individualized Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach. Call today to schedule your free consultation.

Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.

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