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what is physiotherapy for traction?

Physiotherapy for traction, or as it is popularly known as traction therapy, is a treatment method that includes non-surgical methods to stretch your body parts to relieve pain. The spine is stretched in traction to relieve pain in the affected discs. This method of physiotherapy is also called spinal decompression therapy. 

Mainly, there are two types of traction:

  • Manual traction: When the stretching treatment of the neck, peripheral joints, or back is done by physiotherapists, it called manual traction. 
  • Mechanical traction: When therapists use a traction machine for physiotherapy, the method of treatment is called mechanical traction. It is mostly used to diagnose and treat severe disc problems. 

how does traction actually help?

There is a disc-like structure situated between vertebrae in your spine. The inner soft tissue is surrounded by a thick-tough outer layer. When your disc gets damaged or come under pressure for any reason, the outer layer gets damaged first. Once the outer layer is damaged, the inner tissue starts protruding outside, which causes pain. 

Physiotherapy for traction releases the pressure on the disc by pulling vertebrae away from your disc. The inner tissue returns back to its place and the pain gets reduced. 

traction physiotherapy for neck

Traction of the spine is the most popular traction physiotherapy for neck. This method is also known as cervical traction. What physiotherapists do in cervical traction is that they pull the head away in physiotherapy from the neck. This process reduces the compression in your neck. This method is used at homes for ages to treat neck pain. However, modern research and sophistication in physiotherapy have made this method for efficient and safe. 

Cervical traction machines make it easier to stretch the neck very light and safe. The pulling creates expansion in the neck and reduces pain by separating your vertebrae. Not just by machines, your neck can be safely pulled back by experienced physiotherapists. 

Mini traction machines are available in the market to do cervical traction at home. However, you have to consult a physiotherapist to buy and know how to safely operate one. 

traction physiotherapy for back pain

Physiotherapy for back pain traction is also called lumbar traction. Just like neck therapy, it creates space between vertebrae near the lower back. The pressure is reduced when the vertebrae are pulled. Physiotherapy for back traction is often complemented with exercises by physiotherapists for fast effects. 

In case you are thinking of starting to exercise for back pain relief, you should consult your situation with an experienced therapist. Since therapists have expertise in movements of body parts, they can tell you exactly which types of exercises can help in improving your condition. With an optimal amount of selected exercises and lumbar traction, you can get back to your normal routine within a short span of time. 

what are traction machines?

Affected patients often ask, “what is traction machine for physiotherapy?” To answer that question in simpler words, traction machines do the same job what physiotherapists do with their hands. They are used to relieve pain and restore ligaments and joints in most severe cases. 

Traction machines help in creating space in vertebrae with very precise measurements and safety. They improve your blood flow and relieve the compression of the root nerves by relieving the pressure on discs. 

A few key features of these traction machines are as follows: 

  • They come with an in-built microcontroller that precisely controls ins and outs
  • They have Weight settings and sensing system that are very accurate
  • They can work on a wide range of input voltage
  • They come short cut keys and are very easy to operate

how can portea help?

  • Portea can provide you physiotherapy for traction right at your home
  • We have a team of dedicated, experienced, and well-equipped physiotherapists.
  • Physiotherapy for back pain traction can be very sensitive and might need special attention. Therapists at Portea diagnose and treat according to the special needs of the patient.
  • We have advanced traction machines for physiotherapy. That means your diagnosis, assessment, and treatment will be done securely and easily.
  • You can book an online appointment at your choice of time, that means no hassle of traffic or picking time slots.


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Mr. Mahesh

I had a serious L4 & L5 disc prolapse when I sought Portea’s physiotherapy. Thanks a lot to Dr. Amitava and Portea for their prompt service. Keep up the good work.

I am very happy to share my feedback regarding the excellent treatment I got. My Physiotherapist Dr. Babita Gurung was extremely helpful in getting back to me normal. She was very clear in her instructions and guides me well for each and every treatment she gives. She was absolutely wonderful and very active while discussing the problem and it’s remedy. She gives full attention and time to the patient and never in hurry to attend more patients by bypassing the under-treatment patients. Worth recommending to friends. Thank you all so much for your excellent care. I am feeling so much better now than when I started my PT. Your professionalism, concern and friendliness were much appreciated.

I think it was the most professional yet personal therapy I have had so far in the last 3 years since I first had the back problems. Dr. Fateh is a polite, good-natured and compassionate gentleman, who is extremely competent at his work and displayed great consistency throughout the sessions, even towards the end without slacking away time or hurrying up through the final sessions like most other Physiotherapists, as I have experienced before. He in fact ensured that he put a little more extra efforts towards the end to ensure that my back remains strong post the sessions.