Saunders Lumbar Traction

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The gold standard in home traction devices, the Saunders lumbar traction offers clinical strength spinal decompression.

No assembly required. Used on your back or on your stomach. It can be used on a bed, so you do not have to bend down to the floor.

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The Saunders Lumbar Traction For Home Use Is Designed To Provide 200 Pounds Of Back Traction Force

The gold standard in home traction devices, the Saunders lumbar traction offers clinical strength spinal decompression used on your back or on your stomach. It can be used on a bed, so you do not have to bend down to the floor.

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Benefits For Patients

  • An economical choice over in office visits
  • Ability to sustain improvements between clinic appointments
  • Allows clinic visits for concentrating on other goals
  • Lumbar traction can be applied daily treatments in the comfort of your own home, at work, and even if traveling
  • Effective management of chronic back conditions
  • Ability to apply 200 lbs of lumbar traction
  • By using a design with split-table active functionality, it duplicates traction in a clinical setting, promoting a consistent treatment
  • An application system ensuring reliable traction force with accuracy as well as leak free performance
  • A portable solution for back traction, increasing satisfaction as well as improved compliance with treatment protocol

Easy to Use

  • An alternative to surgical procedures for some back pain patients
  • Smooth motion for comfort of application
  • A pressure gauge that is easy to read, maintaining complete user control of traction forces
  • No assembly required
  • Non slip traction harnesses incorporated with belt organizers makes set up quicker
  • Hand pump which incorporates an easy to read gauge
  • Traction can be used on a bed to avoid bending or maneuvering on floor
  • The carrying case is also a comfortable surface for treatment
  • See instructional video for details

saunders lumbar traction device

Conditions Treated

The conditions treated depend on your doctor or therapist, however, Saunders lumbar traction is commonly used in the treatment of:

Disc Herniation – Reduce nerve compression Relieve pain

Degenerative Disc Disease – Stimulates nutrition, Improves spinal function, Reduces nerve compression

Joint Restrictions & Facet Arthritis – Free up facet joints, Increases motion range, Pain relief

Poor Posture & Curvature Correction – Increase motion range, Pain relief

Stiff Soft Tissues – Increase motion range, Relax spams, Pain relief


  • traumatic or acute injuries
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • clinical instability of the spine
  • compression of the spinal cord
  • fractures
  • malignancy
  • inflammatory disease or infections
  • conditions which may worsen with movement


Make sure of any guidelines prescribed by your health care professional for:

  • Force of back traction (should not causes pain)
  • Time of each traction session
  • Times for holding and relaxing traction (intermittent) if not continuous
  • positioning
  • How many traction treatments per day or week

Positioning Options

    Using a pillow, bolster or chair underneath knees to increase traction (flexion)

  • Keep legs positioned straight, lying flat for less flexion traction
  • Using a rolled up towel, pillow or special wedge under the lower back for extension traction
  • Use lying on your stomach in the prone position, having someone help to secure belts

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Saunders Lumbar Traction – Treatment

lumbar traction details

  1. Place on either a bed or firm surface, wheels up
  2. Take the wheels off before unzipping the case
  3. The case lid should be opened towards the treatment surface or head of the bed
  4. Take the pump out of the storage compartment, placing it next to the traction device
  5. Unhook the buckles of the harnesses, positioning lower harness slightly overlapping upper
  6. Use a watch, timer or clock for treatment time
  7. Fist secure the lower harness – works best over bare skin, then tighten so it is snug, but without pain
  8. Repeat with the upper harness
  9. Place the pump into position for pumping and slowly pump by pulling the handle completely open, then completely in
  10. Look at the gauge on the pump, making sure you have the right amount of force and stretch
  11. Turn the hand pump gauge to the hold position.
  12. Begin to time the traction session working gradually to the traction force and time prescribed

hand pump

In the beginning, 3 to 5 minutes can be sufficient with irritable conditions and/or to get used to the feel and using the device.

Author Bio

Stephen Ornstein, D.C. has treated thousands of neck, shoulder and back conditions since graduating Sherman Chiropractic College in 1987 and during his involvement in Martial Arts. He holds certifications as a Peer Review Consultant from New York Chiropractic College, Physiological Therapeutics from National Chiropractic College, Modic Antibiotic Spinal Therapy from Dr. Hanne Albert, PT., MPH., Ph.D., Myofascial Release Techniques from Logan Chiropractic College, and learned Active Release Technique from the founder, P. Michael Leahy, DC, ART, CCSP.