What is traction in therapy?
Traction is a form of decompression therapy that we are happy to offer at Physical Therapy Services. It relieves pressure on the spine and alleviates pain from joints, sprains, and spasms. It can also treat herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and many other back conditions.
What is the difference between manual and mechanical traction?
The characterizing difference between mechanical and manual traction is a simple one. Mechanical traction is aided and directed by the use of simple machines (weights, pulleys), while manual traction is chiropractor-assisted.
What are two benefits of manual traction?
Manual traction is a technique used to improve neck and low back mobility, range of motion, and overall function. It is also useful in decreasing neck pain. Traction is used to help separate the discs, joints, and bones in your spine.
What is manual lumbar traction?
Manual traction is usually applied for a few seconds duration or can be applied as a sudden, quick thrust. Positional Traction. This form of traction is applied by placing the patient in various positions using pillows, blocks, or sandbags to effect a longitudinal pull on the spinal structures.
Is traction good for lower back pain?
In brief. Based on current evidence, traction as a single treatment is not effective for patients with low-back pain, with or without sciatica. There are very few high-quality studies in this field.
Why do we use traction?
Most often, traction uses devices such as weights and pulleys to put tension on a displaced bone or joint, such as a dislocated shoulder. The tension helps put the joint back in position and keep it still. Traction is also used to keep a group of muscles (such as the neck muscles) stretched to reduce muscle spasms.
What kind of traction do chiropractors use?
Chiropractors may use lumbar traction to treat a range of back pain symptoms and causes; including sciatica, bulging discs, diseased spinal nerve joints, and more.
What is a desired effect of manual traction?
Manual traction therapy may increase the disk height by reducing internal pressure so that the pain-sensitive fiber around the annulus fibrosus is not irritated.
How long is manual traction?
Manual cervical traction.
They hold your head for 10 seconds and then gently release. They might do it several times at different angles. This type of traction is used: To diagnose your neck condition.