Traction therapy involves the use of a controlled distraction force to gently pull the spine or a joint in order to alleviate pain by decompressing pain sensitive structures. This treatment can help with many conditions, and is often used in sciatic type pain syndromes, like that from a bulging or herniated disc. It can also help relieve tension, and decompress painful arthritic joints.
There are many ways to apply a distractive force. At Hope, Healing & Health we use both manual and mechanical traction. We also help educate on how to perform self traction at home.