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ALEXANDROS BLETSAS PHYSIOTHERAPY CENTER

Cervical Spine Traction

Spine decompression therapy.
(Cervical Traction)

  • Neck pain due to intervertebral disc herniation.
  • Projection or prolapse of intervertebral disc.
  • Nerve root compression (without aesthetic and motor weakness symptoms).
  • Use of traction techniques for soft tissue injuries.
  • Muscle tension headache.
  • Degenerative vertebral arthropathy.
  • Cervical Spine Straightening (use of cervical traction to reverse straightening).
  • This technique could increase cervical lordosis by 1.7 mm of extension on the anterior surface of the cervical spine and by 0.5 mm on the posterior surface.
  • Widening of the intervertebral space.
  • Widening of the intervertebral foramen.
  • Widening of the interarticular space.
  • Reduction of intradiscal pressure.
  • Direct or indirect production of analgesic and muscle relaxant effect.
  • Stretching of the muscles, ligaments and bursae structures.
  • The motor receptors in the area are affected, resulting in dissolution of the muscle spasm and pain relief.
  • Facilitation of local circulation.
  • Prevention of adhesions formation in the sheaths of the meninges and the spinal roots in the intervertebral areas.
  • Prevention of adhesions formation in the apical joints bursae in a similar way.
  • The patient should be in a proper, comfortable position and adequately informed about the process to eliminate fear.
  • The supine position is the best option for cervical traction (placing a pillow underneath the cervical spine for more comfort).
  • Careful control over the amount and duration of force that provides the optimal mechanical result, with minimal discomfort in the neck area and the temporomandibular joint.
  • Improvement of cervical spine stiffness.
  • Alleviation of compression and radicular effects.
  • Analgesia
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Improvement of symptomatology.
  • Improvement of mechanical conditions.
  • Pre-traction heat therapy: Tecar therapy, gentle massage or use of other physical modalities.
  • The patient should actively participate in the relaxation process and overall treatment for better results.
  • Evaluation
  • First application must be made by hand to safely evaluate the therapeutic effect.
  • Evaluation of therapeutic effect.
  • 1st treatment must include only mild traction application.