Easy Tips on How Traction Relieves Back Pain

August 3, 2023
Knee Pain
by Kolton Opdahl

What is Traction

Easy Tips on How Traction Relieves Back Pain

We are here to give you the 101 on traction, what it is and how it benefits you. Here are some easy tips on how traction relieves back pain. Have you heard of traction and how it can benefit you? Traction aims to mobilize and stretch your spine, relieving any pain or discomfort. Traction is a specialized technique designed to reduce pressure on neck and back conditions in your spine that are causing pain. We use traction by manually or mechanically stretching the spine, which afterwards reduces pressure on the discs and therefore reduces the individual’s pain.  

How does traction benefit you

Traction is a great non-surgical method for pain relief and prolonged spine health. Here are some of the spinal problems that traction can help treat:

  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Slipped discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Pinched nerves (and many other back conditions)
Easy Tips on How Traction Relieves Back Pain
Examples of Spinal Problems Traction Helps Treat

Essentially, traction is a technique designed to reduce pressure on affected vertebral discs that are causing pain. Traction is a stretching of the spine which reduces pressure on the discs and therefore reduces the individual’s pain.

Easy Tips on How Traction Relieves Back Pain
Example of a Herniated Disc before and after Traction

Types of traction

There are two different types of traction treatment: manual and mechanical. Manual traction is the most typical method in which hands are used to manually stretch the spinal vertebrae and muscles in a gentle way that is tolerated by the patient. Whereas mechanical traction uses tools and equipment such as ropes, pulleys, and weights to stretch your spine and create more space between damaged or degenerated joints. Both manual and mechanical are great options for traction therapy, it will be up to you and your provider to choose which route is best for you. 

Easy Tips on How Traction Relieves Back Pain

Who can do traction

In most cases, traction therapy is a great fit for those who have neck and back problems. Traction treatment time can vary based on the severity of your case, however most patients notice results in 1-2 weeks and usually see optimal results within 5-6 weeks of consistent work. Come into one of our offices today and learn more! We hope you enjoyed this weeks blog: easy tips on how traction relieves back pain.

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/traction

https://www.physio.co.uk/treatments/physiotherapy/manual-therapy/traction.php

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