Dr. Steven D. Excell (Doctor of Chiropractor) is the first expert to bring this Y-strap to the Netherlands. The Y-strap is a total body adjustment of the spine.

Meet our tool, the Y-Strap™
The Y-Strap decompression tool uses stretching and high-velocity & low-amplitude traction the back to release pressure from the vertebrae along the spine. This tool helps to stretch the spine with slow and constant force, relaxing the muscles and releasing tension in the back and neck. This full body stretch uses a neck strap: The Y-Strap adjustment tool, to manually decompress the spine.

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 therapists prefer to apply a HVLA (High Velocity, Low Amplitude) movement. This is when the Y-Strap applies an “adjustment” to the user.

This HVLA is the procedure used in many chiropractic practices and videos are available on youtube using this tool. The High Velocity Low Amplitude procedure generates a swift decompression within the vertebrae discs that generates vacuum that enables nutrients to flow into the discs. The great advantage in using the Y-Strap is to mobilize the spine is the straight angle and non-existant torsion of the procedure to reduce spinal compression and muscle stiffness

What makes the Y-Axis adjustment safer
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). The IVF are small openings between each vertebra of the spine where the spinal nerves exit from the spinal cord.

Spine adjustment through manipulation of the spine’s y-axis has gained more and more popularity among chiropractors. From a vascular perspective, the Y-Axis manipulation is safer as the vessels are not flexed or rotated. Also, the ligaments of the spine protect from over-elongation, so the bone, muscle and ligament damage are also limited.

How does the Y-Strap work?
Furthermore, Look at the above images. The image on the left shows two bones in your spine compressing and irritating the disc in between them. As illustrated, this can cause a disc herniation or slippage. On the right, the bones are pulled apart, which releases the pressure on the disc and allows nutrients to nourish the area.

In other words, traction helps to decompress the spine. According to Pettibon, the makers of the Y Strap, the Y Strap “corrects “kinks” in the epi-pia collagen network.” If you are suffering from symptoms due to spinal compression, a “normal” Chiropractic adjustment most likely won’t fix the issue. The Chiropractor MUST address the compression.

What happens after the Adjustment?
Following the Adjustment, the Chiropractor will have you lie on the table for a few minutes with your eyes closed to let everything settle in. You might feel a little light-headed when you get up, but that should not last long. Who knows, you might even feel taller! Some patients report feeling sore in their spine up to a day or two after, which is normal. We recommends avoiding high degrees of rotation (turning your neck/back a lot) after the adjustment. He also recommends drinking plenty of water following conclusion of the adjustment

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