What is underwater traction
Traction in water uses the weight of the body, which is suspended by the neck (and below the armpits if necessary), in a special pool of thermal mineral water. Sometimes additional weights are added around the waist, hips or feet to increase the stretching effect. The mechanical force (bodyweight) induces the stretching of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, sinews, joint capsules), with a constant and continuous pulling force during the traction. The treatment is prescribed by a medical doctor, performed by an experienced physiotherapist and lasts around 15 minutes. For a longer lasting effect, the procedure is repeated daily over 2-3 weeks.
How underwater traction helps
During treatment, the body is gently stretched out, releasing stiff muscles and spinal connective tissues. Thermal water warms up the body thus relieving the stiffness and increasing the connective tissue elasticity. Sulphur compounds from the mineral water are absorbed through the skin into the body and become incorporated into the connective tissues, leading to their higher elasticity. The synergy of mechanical force, natural chemical compounds and a warm-up results in the relief of painful muscle contractures, joint blockades or nerve compressions and thus in the improved mobility of the backbone and joints.