Y Strap

What is the “Y Strap” adjustment?

The Y Strap is a tool used by chiropractors. It is a simple tool made of wide strapping and foam cushions. The Y Strap cradles the neck and supports the head. It supports the patient while they are laying on their back. The chiropractor applies traction or pulls. Traction of the spine is also called decompression. A chiropractor can use it for slow stretching or a fast pull for deep decompression. Both techniques elongate the spine and open up joint spaces.

How has this adjustment become mainstream?

The simple answer, YouTube. Many chiropractors have videos of this impressive to watch adjustment. The history of the Y  Strap tool becoming popular in chiropractic offices goes back to the 1970s. The Pettibon System, a chiropractic technique, uses the Y strap. It helps to correct posture and the alignment of the spine. Many chiropractors have trained in The Pettibon System and have used the Y Strap for decades. 
Lately, YouTube has tons of videos of this adjustment. People seek out videos with the aggressive-looking adjustment. They are also stunned by the satisfaction of the patient who has the treatment. The comments on these videos vary. Some people cannot wait to get it, while others are afraid. 

Is it safe?

Y Strap adjustments are safe. Your chiropractor should be doing an examination and health history before any treatment. Injuries like sprains, strains, and ligament laxity are reasons to avoid this adjustment. You do not want to aggravate existing injuries. Certain medical conditions should not get this adjustment. Things like dizziness, bone cancers, degenerative diseases, and many others need extra screening. With a quality examination and a cautious doctor, Y Strap adjustments go perfect.

Where do I get it?

Our office, Cascade Chiropractic and Wellness, is located in Portland, Oregon. The chiropractors here want to fit the best treatment for each patient. If using the Y Strap is going to be a good option to get the improvement the patient needs, we use it. We perform an exam and take your health history to make sure the Y strap is safe for you.  If you’re interested in Y Strap adjustment, you can make an appointment online or give us a call.  

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