Lumbar Traction, General Guidelines

ComforTrac Lumbar Traction

Lumbar Traction Protocols


The ComforTrac Lumbar Traction Device is intended to treat a musculoskeletal or neurological impairment of the Lumbar spine to relieve pain, relax muscle spasms, and decompress spinal structures.

Lumbar Traction should be avoided in any condition of the lumbar spine where movement can aggravate the condition or result in spinal instability, spinal injury and/or nerve root injury at risk for causing paralysis or ischemia.


1. Determine the patient’s body weight. Target tension should be up to 40% – 50% of body weight.

2. Patient should be wearing loose, comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing clothing that is smooth or slick such as workout sweats. (It may be necessary to change clothing or remove belts and other
accessories before beginning traction.)

3. Instruct the patient to lay supine or prone on the lumbar traction device. The area of the lumbar spine that is to be treated needs to be placed between the 2 belts of the device. It may be necessary to slide the patient up or down on the device to position them correctly.

4. Secure the belts around the lower abdomen and pelvic girdle of the patient. Make sure that the belts are tight to prevent from slipping.

5. Once the patient is in place, use the hand pump to increase pressure to appropriate level. (Please refer to the protocols within this section for guidelines on the tension amount and the treatment time for specific diagnoses.)