What is Mechanical traction/spinal decompression?

Mechanical traction/spinal decompression is described as the force used to create a degree of tension of soft tissues and/or to allow for separation between joint surfaces. It can be used for both the neck (cervical spine) and low back (lumbar spine) to treat chronic arthritic or degenerative conditions, disc herniations, and nerve root compression.  Traction uses decompression forces in order to reduce weight and pressure onto the painful region of the spine helping to reduce pain.  Mechanical Traction should only be set up and modified by a licensed medical professional.