Intersegmental traction is a true rehabilitation therapy and as such, it takes place after the active phase of treatment has been completed. Intersegmental traction is used to improve mobility and circulation in and around the joints of the spine. In spinal injuries or mechanical problems of the spine, the articulations or joints of the spine lose their mobility causing the ligaments and muscles to lose their elasticity. Intersegmental traction (IST) stretches the joints mobilizing them (like working a rusty hinge) and through the stretching mechanism helps restore the elasticity to the muscles and ligaments.
Intersegmental traction due to its soothing effect on the spine and spinal nerves, provides relaxation, as well as helps the spine to become more mobile and much stronger. This subsequently helps prevent recurring spinal injuries.