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The Y-strap, or “y-axis traction strap,” adjustment has become increasingly popular over the last few years due to its non-invasive and unique, yet effective nature.
When most people think of a traditional spinal adjustment, they think of a chiropractor using his hands to manipulate the patient’s spine, with the patient twisting or bending in positions. The Y-strap adjustment is different because the chiropractor’s hands never touch the patient’s body – rather, the chiropractor pulls on the bar of a secure strap that is placed around the patient’s skull, thereby stretching, adjusting, and decompressing the patient’s spine. It is in fact the chiropractor’s pulling force which causes the patient’s vertebral discs to decompress.
Some patients have reported instant relief after being treated with a Y-strap adjustment and many patients may feel taller. While a spinal adjustment won’t magically make a patient taller, it has been proven to straighten out and stretch the spine, allowing the patient to appear anywhere from 1/4 to 2 inches taller than he/she was before the adjustment. The Y-strap adjustment is also effective for treating a herniated disc. The chiropractor’s initial stretch of the neck causes a decompressive effect that loosens the muscles, which may help with pinched nerves in the spine or bulging and herniated discs.
Whenever a chiropractor performs a spinal adjustment, it is safe if the chiropractor is licensed and reputable.
Getting relief from constant pain does sound nice. However, it is not advisable to attempt to use this equipment by yourself. Chiropractors go through years of training to perform the procedures. Always make sure to contact professional chiropractors if you need spinal adjustment treatments.