Traction or decompression therapy has been successfully used in physical medicine for centuries. The main application areas are cervical, lumbar and hip joint therapy. With the assistance of additional belts other joints can also be treated.
The recognised spinal traction therapy effects relief to the spine and surrounding tissue. Reducing pressure on the intervertebral foramen (IVF) relieves the intervertebral discs and soothes irritated nerves. Conventional methods are mostly based on traction forces on the vertical plane, which in combination with the strong physical stressing of the patient, may cause psychogenic muscle tension and blood stasis. By contrast, horizontal traction provides patients with a pleasant treatment alternative, permitting both exact metering and pulsed or dynamic intermittent traction relief.
A combination of traction and high frequency therapy can achieve cumulative and potentiating effects.