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Intersegmental Traction


Intersegmental traction creates passive motion into the spine for the purpose of stretching spinal joints and increasing mobility. This increases and restores necessary elasticity and motion to the spine allowing nutrients and blood supply back into the joints and discs.

How does it work?

The patient lies face up on a bench table which has roller-type cams beneath its surface. These rollers slowly travel the length of the spine, stretching spinal joints.

What does intersegmental traction feel like?

Most patients find this form of treatment to be relaxing and very helpful. The gentle rolling action is restful, exercising the spine without effort.

Why should this type of therapy be used?

Since discs have a poor blood supply, they get nutrients from the circulation of fluids surrounding the spinal joints. Fixations prevent this natural circulation and can lead to disc thinning and degeneration. Intersegmental traction helps increase and restore necessary elasticity and motion to the spine.

Patient benefits

The benefits of intersegmental traction include:

  • Comfortable and relaxing
  • Increased mobility
  • Improves circulation of spinal fluids