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What is Traction Therapy?
The website Spine-health defines traction as “a therapeutic method to relieve pain
by stretching and realigning the spine.” According to Health line, spinal traction is
used to treat herniated discs,sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves,
as well as other conditions. Spinal traction straightens the spine and helps to
improve the body's ability to heal itself. In addition to treating the spine and neck,
traction is also used in the treatment of fractures, but according to Mindscape,
it's primarily used to relieve pain in the cervical or lumbar spine.
There are generally two types of traction therapy, manual and mechanical spinal
traction therapy. Manual spinal traction therapy involves a doctor or physical
therapist using their hands to put their patients in a state of traction, according to
Health line. Mechanical spinal traction is a therapy in which patients are asked to
lie on a table that is equipped to stretch the spine.