Lumbar Traction, Joint Hypomobility

ComforTrac Lumbar Traction

Lumbar Traction Protocols

JOINT HYPOMOBILITY – LUMBAR SPINE

Lumbar traction increases joint mobility of the spine for patients with hypomobility ofthe lumbar spine.  Be sure that the lumbar spine has been cleared for any of the contraindications mentioned within the General Guidelines section. Traction may also be more beneficial when used with other modalities such as cold, heat, ultrasound, etc.

SUGGESTED SETTINGS

GENERAL:
Tension: 40 – 70 pounds (may be increased up to 40%-50% of body weight)
Intermittent tension; 2:1 up to 4:1 ratio of tension to rest (e.g. 2-4 minutes on, 1 minute rest)
Treatment Time: 10-15 minutes
Position: Supine

VARIATIONS:
Sustained tension setting: Apply sustained tension to lumbar spine with periodic rests
during the 10-15 minute treatment time
Position: Prone (patient must have someone to assist them when getting into and
out of the traction device)

SESSIONS PER DAY: 1-3