Spinal traction is one of the many ways to reduce back ache as well as other back illnesses and one of the modern techniques is Lumbarest traction therapy.
What is Lumbarest Traction Therapy?
Lumbarest Traction Therapy is being used since 1980’s consisting of mattresses which are designed in a special way to relieve the pain. The therapy has two forms; traction mats with a recumbency of 18 percent and traction mattress with a recumbency of 5 percent. Mats are used in the daytime and beds are used during the night. This mattress is made up of corrugated foam and has various densities making it highly effective for back problems. Lumbarest therapy is sometimes used in combination with acupuncture.
How does Lumbarest traction therapy work?
DTM 18 is a major part of the traction therapy. It uses 18 percent of body mass force of the individual for the extension of the back which relaxes the muscles of the back. Hence, it provides nutrients which promote self-healing. The individual should remain quite during the therapy session. The person lies horizontally on the mat and it is wise to use a leg support for the lower legs so that the neutral position of the spine can be achieved, next cervical support is used after which the person lies relaxed for about minimum 40 minutes once daily.
It varies between different individuals according to the severity of the problem, during intensive treatment; it can be conducted three or four times per day. One should not sit up quickly, first lie on your stomach for few seconds then get up. The person might experience some discomfort in the start but it goes away after few minutes .The orthosis mattress uses a force of 5 percent of the body mass for the back traction and is used for night time, it increases the vascular circulation of the skin. It is popular among elderly to prevent decubitus ulcers and other chronic diseases.
Various accessories are used with the mattress that includes leg support, cushion for the seat, cervical support, pillow for the neck support, mattress topper etc.
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It decreases the pressure on the vertebral discs, helps in the alignment of the spine. This therapy reduces the tone of the back musculature and decreases the pressure on the compressed nerves as well as nerve roots. The duration of application can be changed according to the condition. Using it for more time does not cause any harm, only after 20 minutes of therapy the pressure between the discs begins to reduce. This therapy is very simple to use and it can be conducted at home. It provides nutrition to the spine thus preventing degeneration of the vertebra.
Why is it preferred?
- It is simple to use and it is less stressful to the people.
- This therapy allows turning of the body which makes it more effective.
- Lumbarest therapy has proved to be cost effective with outstanding results.
- It has no known contraindications.
- The therapy also includes traction of the cervical spine.
All in all, it is a successful therapy which has proved to be very helpful for back pain, various spine problems and for the maintenance of a healthy vertebral column.