Back injuries are common and in a vast majority of cases, traction forms the core of the initial treatment procedure. This takes the form of both, cervical and lumbar traction. In order to understand about one's underlying condition, therapy required and the working mechanism of the same, it is very important to understand the structure of one's spine.

Our Spinal Structure

Our spine can be broadly divided into four sections. These are the cervical spine or the vertebrae right below the skull, thoracic spine which is towards the upper back, lumbar spine, which is towards the lower back and sacral region, the bottom of the spine.

Each of these sections is defined by a particular number of vertebrae, or the round bones which make the structure of one's backbone. In the cervical spine, there are 7 vertebrae (C1 to C7) and in the thoracic spine, there are 12 vertebrae (T1 to T12). Similarly in the Lumbar spine, there are 5 vertebrae (L1 to L5). The Sacral region has 5 vertebrae (S1 to S5).

Disorders are most common in the Lumbar spine and towards the top of the sacral region (or the lower back), as this is the part which supports most of our body weight. This results in a greater amount of stress in the area. The combination of the two regions is known as the lumbosacral region.

Intervertebral or Spinal Discs

In between the vertebrae are the intervertebral discs, and these are also known as the spinal discs. The spinal discs primarily act as a shock absorber for our everyday activities. These are composed of annulus, a firm rubbery outer and nucleus pulposus, which is thick and jelly like centre. When the spine is compressed due to gravity while we sit or stand, the pressure in the nucleus pulposus increases, and this pushes the spine bones apart. This carries on all through the day, except when one lies down.


However in case of a trauma, the kind one suffers when one meets with an accident, the pressure on the nucleus pulposus is excessive, and is too much for the annulus to withstand. In such a scenario, the nucleus pulposus can pouch out from one side, and this is also known as herniation.

When a patient suffers from herniation, the symptoms vary depending on the nerves that are pressed. If smaller central nerves are pressed, the patient experiences a central aching which gets worse while sitting. And if side nerves are pressed, the pain can shoot down arms or legs.

When one has been diagnosed with herniation, sitting or standing for long periods can be painful as this can compress the discs further. Lying down or bending over backwards brings relief.

In a majority of cases, while one suffers from herniation or herniated discs, home traction can act as a vastly effective treatment. A simple home traction device that decompresses the vertebrae can aid in treatment, while ensuring that the patient recovers in minimum time and can carry on with everyday activities as soon as possible.

Even while home traction therapy is the preferable initial mode of treatment and is largely effective, one must consult with a physician to decide upon the course of action if the pain is persistent or severe.

The Decompression Back Belt is a tremendous innovation, which decompresses your lower back to provide relief from discomfort and facilitate healing. One just needs to put on the Decompression Belt, and as you go on inflating it, the spine is decompressed, the space between the vertebrae opens up and the pain disappears.

The Decompression Belt is a snug fit, you can easily wear it under your clothes without others noticing at all! You can wear the Decompression Belt while driving, cooking, at work, while playing with your children and forget that you ever had backache!

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Author's Bio: 

Harshad has been into freelance writing for some time now. Some of the topics he loves to write about are health, wellness, life & lifestyle, fitness & spirituality.