What is Intersegmental Traction or Roller Table?
Using the intersegmental traction table as recommended encourages recovery and healing. The therapists at Lubbock Integrated Medical Institute are able to change contact pressure either manually or mechanically to best suit your needs. The roller table has many adjustments which can be done depending upon the patient’s comfort. The height of the rollers can be increased or decreased for greater or lesser pressure. There is a pulsating feature which may be triggered to cause the rollers to give a massage effect. Many patients find this extremely relaxing and beneficial. Because these settings are customizable, we can ensure that you are always getting treatment specifically geared toward your needs. Many patients report that this therapy is beneficial in helping them relax before the chiropractic manipulation, thus enabling them to obtain better results.
How does Intersegmental Traction or Roller Table Work?
The intersegmental traction table gradually lengthens the postural muscles of the spine in a relaxed and constant manner so that normal joint movement, mobility, and circulation are reestablished. The patient lies supine on the table which has three rollers that rotate and move from head to toe beneath the surface. These rollers slowly move up and down the length of the spine.
Spinal discs collect nutrients from the travel of fluid upon spinal joint movements. Joint misalignment in the spine obstructs this action from happening, and causes thinning and degeneration of the discs. Intersegmental traction (roller table) works by producing passive motion that creates slight stretching of the spinal joints and increases agility. The intersegmental traction table functions by mobilizing the spinal column while at the same time gently stretching the muscles and tendons. When the postural muscles of the spine are disturbed or critically affected due to injury, fatigue, poor posture, or accident, it causes spasms.
What are the Benefits of Intersegmental Traction or Roller Table?
The intersegmental traction table aids in re-establishing the normal range of motion of the spine in a very gentle and effective manner. It also aids in reducing muscle spasms and increasing blood flow and oxygen to discs, ligaments, and muscles in order to improve balance, mobility, and strength. In addition, it assists in restoring the correct spinal curves and increases circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid.
Research shows that by putting your spine through this type of motion, you not only increase the range of motion of your spine but you pump the discs that are between the vertebrae of the spine. This is very helpful in preventing disc degeneration and “slipped discs”. This traction also improves the circulation of the spinal fluid that bathes the spinal cord and gives it its nutrition.