What is traction?

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

Therapist using a foam roller to increase the efficacy of applied traction


How does traction help?

A disc is a circular structure that sits between each vertebra in the spine. It has a tough outer layer surrounding soft inner tissue. When a disc is under pressure and damaged, the tough outer layer is damaged and the soft inside protrudes through the gap. This protrusion compresses nearby nerves causing pain. Traction pulls the vertebra away from the disc, releasing the pressure on the disc. This assists the soft part of the disc to return within the disc. This decompresses the nerve and reduces pain. This also helps to rehydrate the disc.

Specialist Therepist applying traction to relieve pain and stiffness by stretch connective tissues

Who benefits from traction?
Traction can be beneficial for problems such as:

  • Herniated or prolapsed disc
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Spondylitis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

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