Some straight facts about traction

Maybe you've heard about someone being "in traction" or seen them after the treatment and wondered what exactly it consisted of. Let's get a few facts about it straight so you can understand what the procedure entails and how it might benefit someone.

There are different types of traction for various elements but they generally use weight and tension to stabilize the body. One example of this could be setting bones and joints so they align correctly. 

When someone goes into traction, the treatment can target their muscles, bones or skin to keep them in good condition. Metal attachments and braces can also be a part of the procedure, depending on whether the neck or bones were the main focus. The amount of pressure and weight involved depends on which layer of the body the practitioners are trying to cure.

The idea of traction has evolved over the years and now it's only one tool in the caregiver's toolbox for addressing pain. Some people question it's usefulness and it may not be the best solution for patients with localized pain issues.

Also, the treatment can require some rehabilitation afterwards, as it can keep the patient immobile. As with other treatments that involve anesthesia, their could be adverse reactions before the patient "goes under." Before you decide to go into traction, it's important to address these factors with your care provider and keep any surprises from coming up.

Bronston Chiropractic & Community Care Clinic offers several different forms of treatment and therapy throughout five Wisconsin locations. If traction isn't right for you, rest assured that there's a large list of different affordable treatments to choose from, as well as lifestyle guidance on topics such as yoga and nutrition. Read more on our chiropractic care page.