Y-Strap Adjustment

How Does the Chiropractic Y-Strap Adjustment Work? 

The Y-Strap adjustment works by stretching the spine pulling the head in the Y-Axis of the body. This pulling force generates a decompression in the vertebral discs.

The Y-Strap is used for stretching purposes with slow and smooth stretching motion, but some doctors prefer to apply a HVLA (High Velocity, Low Amplitude) movement. This is when the Y-Strap applies an “adjustment” to the user.

The High Velocity Low Amplitude procedure generates a swift decompression within the vertebrae discs that generates vacuum, enabling nutrients to flow into the discs.

The great advantage in using the Y-Strap to mobilize the spine is the straight angle and non-existent torsion of the procedure to reduce spinal compression and muscle stiffness.

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Glenwood Chiropractic is one of the few chiropractic offices in the Raleigh Durham NC area who performs the Y Strap Adjustment. A complete and thorough evaluation is preformed beforehand. If we decide it is necessary to use the Y Strap, we will. Prior to the adjustment, the spine and muscles will be warmed with appropriate modalities and correct any rotational abnormalities. 

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The Y Strap is a device that fits around the base of the skull/chin that allows for the spine to be stretched. This type of “stretch” is called spinal traction. In other words, the Y Strap allows us to “pull apart” the segments in your spine to release any tension within them. To do this, a quick pull at the perfect time to achieve the desired results is performed.

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Is the Y-Strap safe?

Spine traction has been a well known and effective therapy in the health and wellness profession for hundreds of years. It has been proven to have a positive effect from a physiological, anatomical and neurological perspective.

The purpose of the spine stretching and traction is to relax the muscles in the back, to anatomically align the spine and to open the intervertebral foramina (IVF).

Spine adjustment through manipulation of the spine’s y-axis has gained more and more popularity among chiropractors as well as osteopathists and physiotherapists worldwide. Social media platforms, such as YouTube and Facebook, have especially helped to spread the word about this spine manipulation technique, but can this Y-Axis spine adjustment method be trusted? Is the Y-Strap safe?

From a vascular perspective, the Y-Axis manipulation is safer as the vessels are not flexed or rotated in the neck region.

Also, the ligaments of the spine protect from over-elongation, so the bone, muscle and ligament damage are also limited.

Too much or too little pull: How to manipulate the spine correctly with the Y-Axis manipulation.

The images and videos shared online range widely in the depiction of how much pulling is needed to deliver satisfactory results to the patient. Nearly invisible or inaudible manipulations happen when Y-Axis traction is applied.  

The truth is that the question of how much pulling is required can only be answered on an individual level, never in general: Depending on the patient’s statute, weight, physical condition and spine conditions at hand, it is up to the chiropractor or physiotherapist to decide how much force to use when performing the y-axis adjustment. For this reason, it is once again crucial that the Y-Axis manipulation is only executed by certified and trained personnel that are experienced in assessing and treating each patient individually.

The Y Strap Adjustment is great for a ton of different symptoms including but not limited to:

  • Neck pain
  • Poor posture
  • Upper back pain
  • Numbness/Tingling
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • and more

Call today for an appointment to see if the Y Strap adjustment can help you!

Call our office and book a consultation with us at 919-781-7177.