Y-strap treatment chiropractic


Chiropractic adjustment involves manual manipulation of the spine and sometimes other parts of the body to relieve a variety of symptoms in the spine.
Most chiropractic adjustment techniques are performed using hands-on manipulation. The chiropractor uses his/her hands to perform the techniques. Some manipulations can also be done with the help of specialized tools. The MTA (Manual Traction Adjuster) strap is a chiropractic tool that can be used to help decompress the vertebrae of the spine to varying degrees.

What is a MTA strap?

The MTA strap, also known as the y-axis traction belt, is a chiropractic decompression tool. The MTA strap works to decompress the vertebrae by gently stretching the spine. This is how the device works:

  1. The bottom of the MTA strap is fastened around the back of the person’s head, firmly at the base of the skull.
  2. The strap is secured in the middle, creating a Y shape at the top portion of the strap leading to the handle.
  3. The chiropractor grabs the handle with both hands and places the strap up and away from the person’s body.
  4. The strap is gently but firmly pulled away from the person’s body to decompress the spine.
  5. In most cases, a gentle tug may also be used to further “crack” and decompress the vertebrae joints.

What is the MTA strap used for?

The MTA strap is one of many tools that chiropractors can use to manipulate the spine. Thomas Nowak, DC, chiropractor at American Chiropractic, clarifies why the MTA strap might be used.

“It offers a decompressive style adjustment,” he explained. Spinal decompression, which can be performed using a variety of methods, such as spinal traction, can help relieve pressure on the spine and reduce symptoms of underlying conditions.

While many chiropractic whole-body adjustments take place along the X, Y, and Z axes of the body, the Y-strap focuses only on adjusting the spine along the Y-axis. Thomas Nowak and his team find the MTA strap very effective for adjustments along this particular axis because “the MTA strap is designed for the Y-axis supine adjustments.”

So, what are the benefits of using the MTA strap instead of just using the hands to adjust and decompress the spine?

“The advantage is that the adjustment is done in the Y-axis, so there is more effective of decompression of the spinal structures and along the spinal cord,” he explains. “Some people don’t like the rotational adjustment done by hand, so the straight traction decompression of the MTA strap is more preferable for some people.”

“An extra yank is often given, if the chiropractor finds it necessary, to give that little bit of extra release to the joints,” he says. “The aggressive style that people see on YouTube is unnecessary. The release often happens to varying degrees, so that the strength for the release depends from person to person due to different spinal tensions.”

Spinal decompression therapy is usually performed by traction devices of the spine. Given the effectiveness of this type of therapy for people with chronic lumbar discopathy conditions, chiropractors may find added benefits when performing MTA strap spinal decompression.

The results of various studies indicate that this technique can have a positive effect on pain, mobility and strength throughout the body.


Are MTA strap adjustments safe?

When used by a licensed practitioner with extensive training in chiropractic care, the MTA strap can be a safe and effective spinal decompression tool.
The safety of this technique also depends on the patient and whether it is safe to undergo this type of procedure. The patients are carefully observed and examined to ensure that the MTA strap is a safe option for them.
Unlike other forms of spinal manipulation, the MTA strap focuses solely on the Y-axis of the body, potentially reducing the risk of injury from rotational adjustments.

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