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Physiotherapy Traction 505

1. Traction Manual Therapy

  • 30 min
  • 130 Australian dollars
  • Samuel Street

Service Description

Traction is 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. Our therapists use equipment such as pilates machines or foam roller to increase the efficacy of applied traction. IS TRACTION THERAPY EFFECTIVE? Cervical traction is easy to perform, and - if it works for you - can deliver quick symptom relief. People who benefit from cervical traction often have an instant improvement in their neck pain after a few treatments. Some of the most common benefits include: - Reduced pain. - Reduced stiffness and tension in your neck muscles. More flexibility in the muscles along your cervical spine (neck). Some studies have found that in addition to stretches and other physical therapy exercises, cervical traction can improve your range of motion (how far you can move your neck). However, this might not be true for everyone. WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF SPINAL TRACTION? Spinal traction can sometimes cause pain that is worse than the original condition. Those with osteoporosis and certain types of cancer should not use traction therapy. Spinal traction is known to cause muscle spasms. DOES TRACTION THERAPY WORK? The treatment is excellent as a safe, gentle, non-force procedure and works well to take pressure off the spinal nerves that may be injured or dysfunctional. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO TRACTION THERAPY? Cervical traction is typically performed with physical therapy sessions. This could be anywhere from 1 to 3 times per week. Traction treatments typically last 10 to 20 minutes. If home cervical traction is prescribed, It can be used daily for most people. HOW LONG IS THE TRACTION THERAPY SESSION? If the traction time is 8 to 10 minutes, this effect is minimised. For other conditions, a treatment time of up to 20 minutes is often used. As a general rule, the higher the force, the shorter the treatment time. Often the first treatment is only 3 to 5 minutes long. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR TRACTION THERAPY TO WORK? About 20% of patients will start seeing relief of pain within the first week. Around 40% of patients will have significant relief within 2–3 weeks. The remaining 20% will get significant relief between 4–6 weeks. *** Raney et al. Development of a clinical prediction rule to identify patients with neck pain likely to benefit from cervical traction and exercise. Eur Spine J 2009;18:3

Contact Details

  • 48 Samuel Street, Camp Hill QLD, Australia


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