Traction refers to a machine that provides a “pull” on either the neck or low back using a set of straps or a harness. The pulling relieves pressure on joints in the spine, opens up the spaces in the spine where nerves exit, reduces pressure on vertebral discs, and can assist in treating other problems with the spine. Traction can be used as part of the treatment for bulging or herniated discs, nerve root compression, and a variety of other problems. Your physical therapist can determine whether traction is appropriate for your condition and the proper settings to use. Traction is usually an adjunct to other treatment received. For additional information about traction please contact CORE Services, Inc. at 314-647-4880.