Cervical traction

Traction is a treatment used to relieve pain by stretching and realigning the spine. This separates the vertebrae and helps relieve pressure on nerves and stress on the discs of the spine. It is a common non-surgical treatment for people who have a herniated disc in the neck. It may also be helpful to treat arthritis from degenerative disease.

Traction can be performed manually or by using special traction machines. During manual traction, a physical therapist uses a hands-on approach with gentle, controlled pressure around the patient’s head and neck. Each position is held for 5-10 seconds and then gradually released.

Mechanical traction uses a variety of devices, ranging from computerized table machines to simple over-the-door pulley units. Treatments usually take place at a chiropractor or physical therapist facility, but some methods can be used at home.

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