Manual Traction is a minimally invasive treatment option for neck and back pain. It has proven to be an effective mechanism providing patients with pain relief and increased mobility. The main principle behind lumbar and cervical traction is to decompress the spine. When a disc herniates or ruptures, the inner part of the disc protrudes causing pressure on the vertebrae and nerves. By stretching the spine, the displaced material is able to reposition itself to the core of the disc. This allows for more flexibility and movement as well as pain relief.
At Total Health & Rehabilitation, traction is applied manually by the therapist Through controlled force, traction gradually stretches the neck/back. Traction is rarely used alone. It is, however, a valuable component of a comprehensive treatment plan for many painful conditions.