- This table can be useful for someone with bulging / herniated discs or those with muscle spasms, as it naturally does provide that traction to decrease intradiscal pressure and stretch the surrounding musculature.
- I also personally feel that some form of traction is very helpful for a lot of athletes that undergo frequent compression, such as those participating in heavy weightlifting or running.
- It’s easy to use and can be a relatively cheap option for someone looking to do something on their own.
- The downside of the table is its lack of specificity. The table is great for providing a general traction, but if you have a specific desc level you’re trying to treat (like an L4-L5 disc herniation) it’s better to utilize more specific types of traction – such as a Flexion & Distraction table or a higher-end traction table that can dictate how much of a stretch is being used, where the stretch is applied, and for how long.
- It’s also important to note that this table might be very difficult to use by yourself if you’re in a severe amount of pain or lack the strength to rock the table back up. You would always want to have someone available to help you if it’s needed.
- This table should be used cautiously if you have high blood pressure or are using blood thinners, as it does increase it while on the table.
- If you do NOT have a specific condition and are looking for something that you can use on your own to help you, this table may be a good option. The key thing to remember is to make sure you are to make sure you’re not over-doing it. It’s recommended to start for short periods of time (1-2min) and then gradually increasing the duration to 3-5min. It’s important to understand that it’s the frequency that’s most important, so multiple sets of 1-2min would be more beneficial than a few sets of 3-5min. If you DO have a specific condition, consult your doctor before you use it to determine if it’s a good fit.
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Written by Dr. Brandon Buchla, DC, CSCS
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