Traction, Prime Physical Therapy, Dr. Kayla Roth, PT, DPT, Cert DN, CKTP

Mechanical Traction

Mechanical Traction


Mechanical traction, a form of stretching the spine, is used to relieve neck and back pain and radiculopathy caused by compression of a nerve due to a variety of conditions, including herniated, protruding or bulging discs.  Through the use of the most current mechanical traction equipment, we are able to reduce pressure on the intervertebral discs and relieve compression and irritation of the nerve roots.  Stretching the spine in this way also improves spinal alignment and increases blood flow to allow for nerve healing.


Mechanical traction is not appropriate for everyone.  If you are interested in mechanical traction and would like to be evaluated to see if it is an appropriate treatment options for your condition, please call our office at 571-261-9234.


Involving the use of a mechanical traction device to apply a controlled and gentle pulling force to the spine or specific joints, with the aim of:


  1. Spinal Decompression: Mechanical traction can create space between vertebrae in the spine, reducing pressure on the discs and nerves. This can be particularly beneficial for conditions like herniated discs and spinal stenosis.
  2. Pain Relief: By alleviating pressure on nerves and reducing compression on spinal structures, traction can help reduce pain associated with conditions such as sciatica, radiculopathy, and chronic neck or back pain.
  3. Improved Joint Mobility: Traction can gently mobilize spinal joints and promote better movement, which is essential for individuals with conditions like osteoarthritis or facet joint dysfunction.
  4. Muscle Relaxation: Traction can help relax tight muscles around the spine, reducing muscle spasms and associated discomfort.
  5. Enhanced Healing: For certain injuries, such as ligament strains or minor disc issues, traction may facilitate the body’s natural healing processes by improving blood flow and nutrient exchange in the affected area.


Mechanical traction can be administered in various ways, including cervical traction for the neck and lumbar traction for the lower back. The treatment is conducted by trained healthcare professionals, and the force applied is carefully adjusted to suit each patient’s specific needs and comfort level.


It’s important to note that mechanical traction may not be suitable for all individuals or conditions, and a thorough evaluation by a healthcare provider is necessary to determine its appropriateness. When used effectively, mechanical traction can be an integral part of a comprehensive treatment plan aimed at relieving pain, improving spinal health, and enhancing overall quality of life for patients with certain musculoskeletal issues.




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