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What are Intersegmental Traction Tables?


An intersegmental traction table, or a roller table, is used in chiropractic care to manipulate the spine and restore the body to proper ranges of motion.

By softly putting the spinal column in motion while simultaneously stretching the other components that affect the spine’s health, namely the muscles and ligaments, the intersegmental traction table completes multiple different tasks all at once. These alterior muscles help the spine in terms of forming posture and proper alignment, and in working to improve the structure of the spine and the muscular complexion at the same time, chiropractors can get a lot done in one session.

The discipline of chiropractic care is thought of as using the hands to make structural adjustments to the musculoskeletal system, mainly the spine. However, treatment goes much further than just the hands and many forget that there is a full spectrum of equipment used in delivering chiropractic care. One of the main pieces of equipment used is the table on which the adjustments are performed.

Movements of the spine contribute to the traveling of cerebrospinal fluid throughout the system, and the discs in between the spine’s vertebrae require nutrients that the cerebrospinal fluid carries. Without the proper traveling of this fluid, the spine is not receiving the proper level of nutrients, which can lead to degradation of these of the discs and poor skeletal health of the vertebrae. The intersegmental traction table is crucial in terms of providing the spine with proper alignment, ensuring that the cerebrospinal fluid can travel throughout the necessary channels.

The rollers below the surface of the table help the chiropractor adjust the patient’s motion perfectly. With its use, the chiropractor is also able to make gradual adjustments to the patient’s alignment rather than taking the risk of adjusting a patient too intensely, which could cause further injury. The table is fitting for patients of all shapes and sizes so there is no worry that the patient will not be comfortable or properly fitted.

Overall, the intersegmental traction table is vital for the practice of chiropractic care. Developments in the equipment that chiropractors use are constantly coming about, so there is, for the most part, no worry that complacency in equipment design will set in.

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