Traction (Decompression) Waterford, MI

Traction (Decompression)

Traction is a form of decompression therapy that we are happy to offer at our Waterford, MI physical therapy practice. It relieves pressure on the spine and alleviates pain from joints, sprains, and spasms. It can also treat herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and many other back conditions. Traction is performed by skilled physical therapists and/or the use of mechanical units. If your back is bothering you, request an appointment at Functional Physical Therapy today to find out if traction could benefit you!

Conditions Treated with Traction

Lower back pain (LBP) is the most commonly reported form of pain. It is a major cause of medical expenses, work absenteeism, and disability. With traction, you can find some much-needed relief and get back to comfortably living your daily life. Other conditions that can be treated with decompression therapy include:

  • Herniated/Bulging Discs
  • Degenerative Discs
  • Spinal Facet Arthritis
  • Pinched Spinal Nerves
  • Spinal Stenosis

What are the types of traction?

Mechanical Traction

The specialized treatment technique of mechanical traction uses devices that work by stretching the spinal vertebrae and muscles.

Manual Traction

With manual traction, our physical therapists use their hands to stretch the spinal vertebrae and muscles.

How does traction work?

Traction relieves pressure on the spine and alleviates pain. Cervical traction and lumbar traction are similar, but they have a couple of key differences: with cervical traction, a gentle force is used to stretch or pull the head away from the neck. With lumbar traction, a gentle force is used to gently gap the pelvis from the lower back. Both of these methods are useful in manipulating the spine and providing relief.

If your back has been bothering you, don’t hesitate to request an appointment Functional Physical Therapy today at Waterford, MI. One of our highly trained Waterford, MI physical therapists will design a personalized treatment plan for your specific needs. Don’t live with LBP – manual traction can help get you moving.