TRACTION (extension, stretching)

Traction can be electronic and mechanic. It is mostly applied to the spine, spreading apart the vertebrae and applying suction to the protruding part of the discus. Seldom is it enough to use traction without manual medicine. We mostly combine the usage of traction and manual medicine. Traction is, just like manual medicine, also remarkable in prevention because it brings back the elasticity of the discuses and ligaments by repairing amortisation.

Of course, manual medicine also has a strong place in preventing damage by increasing the elasticity of the soft tissue. For example, in lumbar spine traction, the lumbar spine can be extended up to 0.5 centimetres (0.2 inches). The most frequent way of using such an extension is to perform the manual procedure immediately after. It is clear that the liquid that withdraws from the surrounding area with the extension of the spine into the discuses between the spine thus extending the space and distance between the vertebrae, returns back relatively quickly, just like the distance. A similar, although substantially smaller, phenomenon takes place in the morning. After a night’s sleep, we are 1-1.5 centimetres (0.4 – 0.6 inches) taller than we are in the evening. If we take into consideration the fact that resting while lying down followed by relaxing sleep is optimal, traction is not only a type of therapy but also a desirable type of relaxation for the spine or joints.


The services provided by the Tranfić Policlinic are aimed at the main goals set up in working with patients: removing pain, normalising functions and preventing physical suffering. We invest into knowledge and equipment in the way that therapy results be as fast as possible, with maximum patient security. In the earliest phase of pain and reduced functions, we use the laser, electroanalgesia, magnetic therapy, manual medicine (chiropractic) when possible, lymphatic drainage… Positional therapy is very important in that phase. In the later in-between phase we may use massages, manual medicine, electrotherapy, vacuum, electronic traction, short wave diathermy, infrared and ultraviolet lamps, balance table, kinesis-therapy… In the post-operative rehabilitation phase and recovery after a stroke (cerebrovascular accident), as well as at the end, rehabilitation needs to begin immediately, with a careful choice of procedures. Early rehabilitation significantly reduces the recovery period and yields better results. Losing time causes significant health and financial damage because the function of the damaged part of the body deteriorates quickly without rehabilitation. We pay equal attention to rehabilitation from neurological disorders (stroke…), traumas (dislocations and breakings), correction of the spine in kids and young people, rehabilitation of the urinary tract (incontinence). Retrieving of the function of the recovered part of the body, as well as the organism as a whole, is always at the centre of our interests.