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Traction physiotherapy: A boon to relieves out the intense pain

Many people around you may have heard the stories about their mates who have undergone any treatment for their spinal pains in physiotherapy clinics or hospitals and having traction physiotherapy. They were strapped into a contraption to stretch their back or neck; such a device is only named a traction machine. To some, the explanation may sound frightening or just medieval.  Though it is a very thoughtful form of treatment. It is incredibly beneficial when applied properly in certain conditions.

What do you understand by traction in physiotherapy?

Traction in physiotherapy is just a manual technique formulated to lessen the pressure on affected vertebral discs that are inducing pain. Traction is a manual ‘stretching’ of the spine that lessens the pressure on the discs and therefore decreases the individual’s pain.The Therapist employs a foam roller to boost the power of applied traction.

Traction physiotherapy, or spinal decompression therapy, is generally a  nonsurgical treatment that utilizes mechanical or manual ways to stretch your spine and relieve the pain among the whole affected discs. This treatment or bulging discs or repositions herniated, reducing pressure on the back.

Traction physiotherapy can be performed in two ways:

Manual traction – when a physiotherapist uses their hands to apply their force on the spinal joints is known as manual traction in physiotherapy. The duration of traction normally doesn’t last very long. The manual traction sounds very scary however it is a safe treatment choice that can be beneficial for specific conditions.

Mechanical traction – In this, a special device stretches the spine. This specialized treatment method of mechanical traction utilizes devices that function by stretching the muscle and spinal vertebrae. Mechanical traction enables continuous or intermittent stretching on the traction table while mixing vibration, heat, and/or massage. 

How does traction physiotherapy help?

Specialist Therapist applying traction in physiotherapy to relieve the pain and stiffness by the stretch of connective tissues.

Traction in physiotherapy can treat a variety of injuries and conditions some of which contain herniated,  bulging discs, sciatica, facet disease, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves. Most physiotherapists include this treatment with different methods of therapy as the basis of a total care plan.

Who benefits from traction physiotherapy?

Traction physiotherapists can be helpful for problems such as:

Neck pain


Herniated or prolapsed disc


Degenerative disc disease

Spinal stenosis

Which conditions are treated in traction physiotherapy?


Through this Traction technique, it is utilized to stretch the soft tissues and distinct joint surfaces or bone fragments using the pulling force. The force pertained must be of adequate magnitude and duration in the adequate direction while withstanding movement of the body with a proportional and different force. People with particular spinal conditions aid from this therapy and is most generally used to treat like: 

Slipped discs

Herniated discs

Bone spurs

Degenerative disc disease

Foraminal stenosis

Facet disease


Cervical Spondylosis

Lumbar Spondylosis

Pinched nerves

What are the benefits of having traction in physiotherapy?


  1. Pain relief process 

An Applied force assists straighten the spine in a controlled way, alleviating the pressure that always induces pain. It also enables an adequately physical environment for the healing procedure.

2, Treatment for various conditions.

 Traction in physiotherapy can be used as a treatment recommendation for various medical conditions, comprising spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and spinal arthritis.

  1. No surgery is needed

Treatment doesn’t need invasive surgery but rather depends on applying the controlled force to the patient’s spine. Patients simply lie on the table while the therapist or machine applies the force. Clothing is occasionally moved but barely removed.

  1. Can be used alongside other treatments.

 Traction physiotherapy can be used with other treatments for an extra holistic and personalized health plan. Some therapies may be cold or hot therapy, electric stimulation, and ultrasound application (during or after the session).

  1. Encourages overall healing. 

The Traction in physiotherapy, the pressure is properly applied to the disc discharges healing nutrients that accelerate the body’s natural recovery process. Traction physiotherapy also improves the efficacy of other treatments, arising in the rapid overall recovery of the patient.

Experienced physiotherapist in Dr.Arti Pain Care Clinic applies traction to stretch connective tissues and relieve stiffness.

To arrange an assessment with Dr. Artis's pain clinic please contact us or call. You can also visit our website.

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