Whether applied manually or mechanically, the benefits of traction are similar. It is an excellent therapy choice to reduce pressure on lumbar (lower back) discs. Traction effectively reduces joint and nerve pain, pressure and inflammation caused by bulging or herniated discs. This procedure is quite comfortable, and lasts several minutes.
Electric Muscle Stimulation
This therapy involves low levels of electrical impulses delivered to the injured, painful tissues to reduce pain and speed healing. Often described by patients as a pleasant “tingling” sensation, these impulses stimulate the body to release natural pain relievers called endorphins. These endorphins reduce pain and inflammation, thereby promoting faster healing of the injured tissues. This therapy is often used to treat acute or chronic pain, as well as strains or sprains of the muscles, joints and soft tissues of the spine and extremities.
Ice therapy, or cryotherapy, is often thought of as the therapy of choice for acute injuries. Actually, the application of ice over any painful tissue is usually effective at any stage of an injury. It works by constricting blood flow to the tissue, thereby reducing swelling, pain and muscular spasms. It is very important to use ice correctly. It should be used for a maximum of 20 minutes, but may be applied each hour. Also, it is important that you do not apply the ice directly to the skin. Instead, wrap the ice pack in a paper towel or thin damp cloth prior to applying to the injured area.