Best for: Disc herniation

When we stand, our spine is consistently bearing our weight making recovery from back pain difficult, Dr. Reinold says. Traction involves separating vertebrae to allow more space for nerves and less compression on disc cartilage.

Some research shows that traction can be effective for reducing pain and enhancing quality of life in patients with a herniated lumbar disc

Clinical application

  • Nerve root compression, disc herniation that responded with decreased pain to manual traction
  • Where joint stiffness, torsional and compressive stresses are found e.g. spondylosis, spinal stenosis