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Chronic back pain can be very demoralizing and can disrupt your life in profound ways. Back pain is caused by herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and a host of other back conditions. Patients concerned with the continual use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the pain, or are reluctant to take steroid injections or seek physical or chiropractic treatment, sometimes opt for traction treatment, also known as spinal decompression therapy. What does traction treatment involve, and how does it relieve pain? Spinal decompression involves stretching the spine using a motorized device. In most cases, the patient lies fully clothed on a table equipped with special tools to stretch the spine, and with a computer which customizes the treatment to the patient’s specific needs. A harness is placed around the patient’s pelvis and another around the trunk. A series of pulleys and slings are used to stretch the…

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