The Y-strap, or Y-axis traction strap adjustment, is a type of spinal adjustment that’s been taking the internet by storm. Unlike what most people picture when they think of chiropractic spinal adjustments, a chiropractor using their hands to manually adjust the spine, a Y-strap adjustment utilizes a secure strap around the skull attached to a bar that the chiropractor pulls in order to achieve spinal decompression. While this is performed in mere moments, the actual spinal decompression occurs at a slower rate than using the ring dinger technique that chiropractors perform using a towel.
What Does A Y-Strap Adjustment Feel Like?
It varies from person to person. Basically, the spinal adjustment from a Y-strap adjustment causes bubbles to form in the synovial fluid in the joints of the vertebrae as the adjustment stretches the spine out.
People have different immediate emotional reactions to it. Some burst out into laughter while some grimace uncontrollably. You may find yourself shocked for a moment, and others may even cry a little from that initial feeling of relief.
You may even feel taller. Part of what a spinal adjustment does is help repair poor posture due to chronic back pain. You may very well find yourself standing an inch or so taller with a properly adjusted spine and relief from pain caused by ailments such as pinched nerves and herniated disks.
Are Y-Strap Adjustments Safe?
Like any spinal adjustment, they are safe if they are performed by a licensed and reputable chiropractor. Part of what makes a Y-strap adjustment stand out is that it doesn’t utilize any manual manipulation of the spine by hand. No twisting or bending is involved. You simply lay down and have your spine decompressed through one pulling motion in one direction while your head is properly strapped to keep it straight and secure.
It’s important to note that this technique is not a permanent solution to ailments related to a compressed spine like herniated discs and pinched nerves. A Y-strap adjustment is also not a substitute for back surgery.
Talk to Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness
While Y-strap adjustments are safe when performed by a licensed and reputable chiropractor, you will still need to receive a comprehensive evaluation to determine if a Y-strap adjustment is right for you.
Chiropractors do more than adjustments, too. They can utilize other techniques including massage therapy, cold laser therapy, epidural treatment, and more. At Total Chiropractic Care, your Chiropractor, Dr. Goldman, works with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs as well as general lifestyle recommendations to help you live the best life you can. Contact us today.