2.2.3 L5/S1 Vertical Back to Back Traction Manipulation

This video demonstrates a technique that is not easy to apply but has great affect in a large number of cases and can be especially helpful when there is a compressing affect issue on the spine, as there is a positive traction action as the technique is applied. This technique should not be performed if the therapist is shorter that the patient, if the patient cannot actively extend their spine without pain and if the morphology of the patient is alot larger than that of the therapist. The explanation and video of this technique should be followed as accurately as possible taking care to try and shake the patient as if you are shaking 'a pillow into a pillow case'!

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