Dry and Underwate Extension
Dry extension using larger traction devices, e.g. Tru Trac® and sling treatment tables is performed in three stages:
Stage 1 Traction
Effect: loosens and overcomes cohesive forces and muscular compression forces
Application: during glide testing and lateral glide mobilisation
Stage 2 Traction and gliding
Effect: tightens the soft tissue surrounding the joint
Application: pain treatment
Stage 3 Traction and gliding
Effect: stretches soft tissue in stressed collagen lattices
Application: mobilisation therapy
Before any of these techniques can be carried out, it is necessary to implement careful manual testing of the degree of movement to determine the locomotor status (normal, hypo- or hypermobility).
Underwater extension therapy exploits the buoyancy and the thermal stimulation provided by the aquatic environment.
A unique extension method, in which the locomotor apparatus permits spinal extension while the suspended ("weightless") patient is performing upright physiologically correct movements – something that is impossible in water therapy. Suitable for the treatment of acute disorders and for rehabilitation after hip operations.