Spinal Traction

Spinal traction is the process of applying force through body weight, weights, and/or pulleys to draw apart the vertebrae of the spine.

Spinal traction may be indicated when a patient complains of cervical, low back, or radiating pain that is likely caused by a vertebral disc protrusion or degenerative changes. It is used to accomplish one or more of the following purposes: distract (pull apart) vertebral bodies, distract and glide the facet joints, widen the intervertebral foramen (openings to the spinal canal formed by the vertebrae), or stretch spinal musculature. Release of discal pressure and widening of intervertebral space can reduce discal pain and pain caused by impingement of nerves exiting the spinal cord.