Basic concept of traction?
Traction is a manual technique designed to reduce pressure on affected vertebral discs that are causing pain. Traction is a manual
‘stretching’ of the spine which reduces pressure on the discs and therefore reduces the individual’s pain
Why go for traction ?
A disc is a circular structure that sits between each vertebra in the spine. It has
a tough outer layer surrounding soft inner tissue. When a disc is under pressure
and damaged, the tough outer layer is damaged and the soft inside protrudes
through the gap. This protrusion compresses nearby nerves causing pain.
Traction pulls the vertebra away from the disc, releasing the pressure
on the disc. This assists the soft part of the disc to return within the disc.
This decompresses the nerve and reduces pain. This also helps to rehydrate the disc.
Where to utilise from traction?
Traction can be beneficial for problems such as:
Herniated or prolapsed disc
Degenerative disc disease