Traction is a form of decompression therapy that we are happy to offer at our Bethesda physical therapy practice. 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. Traction is performed by skilled physical therapists and/or the use of mechanical units. If your back is bothering you, contact Graham Therapy and Fitness today to find out if traction could benefit you!
Lower back pain (LBP) is the most commonly reported form of pain. It is a major cause of medical expenses, work absenteeism, and disability. With traction, you can find some much-needed relief and get back to comfortably living your daily life.
What are the types of traction?
The specialized treatment technique of mechanical traction uses devices that work by stretching the spinal vertebrae and muscles.
With manual traction, our physical therapists use their hands to stretch the spinal vertebrae and muscles.
How does traction work?
Traction relieves pressure on the spine and alleviates pain. Cervical traction and lumbar traction are similar, but they have a couple of key differences: with cervical traction, a gentle force is used to stretch or pull the head away from the neck. With lumbar traction, a gentle force is used to gently gap the pelvis from the lower back. Both of these methods are useful in manipulating the spine and providing relief.
If your back has been bothering you, don’t hesitate to contact Graham Therapy and Fitness today at Bethesda, MD. One of our highly trained Bethesda physical therapists will design a personalized treatment plan for your specific needs. Don’t live with LBP – manual traction can help get you moving.