Mechanical Traction

Therapeutically Stretching the Spine

Affectionately known as the “rack,” mechanical traction is a technique of stretching or distracting the spine. Patients lie on a table with a harness system attached to their back or neck. The harness system is connected to a machine that applies a pull to create a traction force on the spinal segments. It is used for a variety of spinal injuries and is most effective with bulging discs or arthritic conditions of the back or neck. There are numerous combinations of time and force that can be determined by your therapist to apply the correct loads to ensure proper yet safe treatment.

Contact us at 734-971-9790 to schedule an initial evaluation with a physical therapist to determine which treatment approach is right for you.