Spinal Traction


Patients often come in and present issues of back or neck pain, but sometimes this pain can refer to other parts of the body such as the extremities or cause weakness. Pain combined with weakness in the body could be a sign of spinal disc injury, joint dysfunction, and compression or irritation in the spinal nerve root or peripheral nerve. Spinal traction can help to relieve this pain, strengthen the weakness, and mobilize your body.

What is the Spinal Traction?

Spinal traction is a treatment that stretches the spine to provide pain relief. It is a form of decompression therapy that uses longitudinal power to decompress the joints in the vertebrae and delicate tissues surrounding the spine. Essentially, spinal traction reverses gravity’s force on your body by stretching the spine to relieve pain.
Spinal traction can be done in two ways: manually or mechanically. Manual traction is when a physiotherapist uses their hands to apply direct traction force on the spinal joints. In mechanical traction, a machine does the work and is used for a longer session of traction. There are multiple spines this technique can be used on including the thoracic, lumbar, and cervical spines. The grade, weight, force, and duration of the traction can all be altered on a case-to-case basis.

What Conditions Does It Treat?

While spinal traction provides pain relief to the back and other areas of the body, it also can have other effects as well. With lowered compression joints become more mobile and are less irritated. Your muscles and nerves have a healthier life with decreased spasms and increased blood circulation.
Additionally, spinal traction treats:

  • Herniated or bulging discs
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Weakness and pain in the nerves
  • Deteriorating changes in the spine
  • Biomechanical joint stiffness in the spine

A physiotherapist will carefully determine if spinal traction is the best treatment for you. Those who suffer from certain cancers or osteoporosis are not suitable candidates for this therapy.

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