Physical Therapy - Massage and Traction

Massage and traction are hands-on treatments provided by a physical therapist.

Massage and traction are hands-on treatments provided by a physical therapist.

Massage and Traction are hands-on treatments provided by a physical therapist.

  • Massage includes manipulation of the joints and soft tissues to decrease pain, increase range of motion and decrease swelling.
  • Traction is when a weight, pulley or physical force is used to pull on a bone or joint. It can also be used to stretch a tight muscle and decrease spasms.
  • Commonly treated areas or regions of the body include the neck, back, hips, knees, wrists and shoulders.
  • These techniques also work to relax muscles and improve the mobility of joints and soft tissue.

In addition to giving treatment, a physical therapist will usually:

  • Ask about your medical history, current symptoms and your level of function
  • Test and measure your strength, flexibility and mobility
  • Discuss how you use your body during your daily activities

If you see a physical therapist, be prepared to discuss your symptoms, how long you've had them and if you have had them before.

  • Before your appointment, you should make a list of your questions/concerns/symptoms; your medications (including over-the-counter); and what makes your symptoms better or worse.
  • During your appointment, ask what might be causing your symptoms, when you may start to see improvement, if you should exercise or modify your activity, what the follow-up plans are and what symptoms you should report before your next appointment.
  • After your appointment, you should understand your treatment plan, including home exercises recommended by the physical therapist.


Also known as:

Stretching and Strengthening Activities
Physical Therapy - Massage and Traction
Physical Therapy
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