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    Mechanical Traction

    What is mechanical traction and how does it work in physical therapy?

    Traction involves applying a stretching force to the cervical or lumbar vertebrae in order to distract or “pull” the affected areas in your neck or back. Mechanical traction utilizes a machine to provide the pulling force for your neck or back. Some people also call it “decompression” therapy.

    Those who suffer from neck or back issues including degenerative disc disease, disc herniations, facet disease, stenosis, sciatica, joint hypomobility, osteophyte encroachment, muscle spasms, and generalized low back pain may benefit from mechanical traction.

    There are different types of traction that can be used including intermittent and static traction. A physical therapist will determine which will be best for you and the amount of force (in pounds) that should be applied.

    Traction may cause the following positive effects: separation of the vertebral bodies; improved gliding of the facet joints; widening of the intervertebral foramen; straightening of spinal curves; and stretching of the spinal musculature.

    If you have any questions regarding mechanical traction, please contact Johnston Physical Therapy in Johnston, Des Moines or contact Elevate Physical Therapy in Ankeny, IA.