The Manual Traction Process:
With manual therapeutic traction, the chiropractor uses his hands to gently support and guide the patient’s head, arms, legs, or back through the traction process. The force is gentle, stable, and controlled. This treatment gets rid of main symptoms such as neck pain or back pain while increasing mobility.
This treatment is used to stretch the spine and enable a realigning. During this process, the spine is stretched to relieve nerve pressure. Traction approaches will vary based on the individual needs of the patient, but may include the following:
- Mechanical traction – motorized pulleys with adjustable tension settings stretch the patient.
- Manual traction – the chiropractor may use his or her bare hands or use a manual pulley system to extend the patient’s spine. Weights may or may not be attached to the manual traction pulley system.
- Anti-gravity traction – an inversion table is used so that the patient's body weight exerts a downward stretch on the spine.
What Does Mechanical Traction Treat?
This treatment therapy performed by Dr. Rashad Trabulsi and his associates takes away pressure on the spine mechanically. Mechanical traction can be used to treat the cervical or lumbar spine.
Mechanical traction most commonly used for:
- Pinched nerves
- Degenerative disc diseases
- Herniated discs