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Back surgery corrects the effects of poor posture and muscle imbalance – i.e. a degenerated disc. But it does not correct the cause of the degeneration. This is why global statistics show that only 1/3 of people feel better after back surgery. One-third feel the same, and the other third feel even worse than they did before surgery. So-called failed back surgery syndrome shows that within 1 year of surgery, patients who did not correct poor posture and muscle imbalance ended up with another 2 or 3 damaged discs.

The goal of traction is to relax the shortened and stiff muscles around the spine and put distance between bony segments, thereby eliminating the cause of pain. Traction is used for disorders of the cervical spine, thoracic spine, and the lumbar spine.

The goal of traction treatment is to reduce the pressure on joints, ligaments and spinal discs that are overused or have been changed by disease.

Patients experience improved range of motion in their back and a reduction in the intensity of pain – sometimes pain is completely eliminated. With traction they also experience relief from ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

Traction is an effective rehabilitation medicine method that complements and enhances a comprehensive treatment plan for spinal disorders in physiotherapy/rehabilitation centres.

The human spine is made up of vertebrae and intervertebral discs. Metabolism is required by discs to retain their elasticity and to fulfil their function. They work like a sponge: when immersed in water, it absorbs liquid and increases in volume. Squeeze it and the water is expelled. Discs absorb nutrients from their environment when your spine is stretched, and waste products flush out when it is compressed. This movement occurs automatically with every step we take, provided that our muscles are in balance and our posture and gait are correct.

When the muscles around the spine stiffen as the result of poor posture, not sitting properly, and other bad habits, long-term pressure is created on the vertebrae along with long-term, one-sided compression of the discs. Spinal traction is minimal and the discs begin to suffer with malnutrition. They are unable to absorb sufficient nutrients or expel all waste products. The result is loss of their elasticity.

A herniated disc can compress the spinal cord or the nerve root that runs from the spinal cord between two vertebrae. That is the source of the pain you feel.

The solution lies in correcting the cause of this condition, i.e. relieving the pressure on the vertebra and getting nutrients to the discs. Hook therapy provides everything the back needs to ‘self-heal’. Muscle relaxation and stretching corrects the one-sided compression of the vertebrae. It goes without saying that bad habits must also be corrected, because they are what caused the stiff back and can also cause reoccurrences.

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