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Traction

Traction is used selectively to treat a variety of pathologies to the spine including: hypo-mobility, disc lesions, acute nerve root irritation, spondylosis, facet joint syndrome and stenosis. 

General effects of traction:

  • reduces edema
  • improves nutrition                                     
  • relieves muscle spasm                                        
  • prevents adhesions                                     
  • improves lymphatic drainage 
  • mobilization of joints with reversible stiffness 
  • gives pain relief due to the activation of joint mechanoreceptors 
  • increases muscle & connective tissue stretch
  • decreases joint compressive forces and improves joint lubrication