Neck Traction
Neck Traction

Cervical traction is a light stretching action meant to relieve pressure on compressed vertebrae, while also maintaining the health and placement of spinal discs.

Cervical traction devices are created to mimic the kind of neck traction care you’d receive from a physical therapist, and with the right application, these devices can be simple and effective tools for at-home spinal treatment.

When using cervical traction devices and systems, a head brace is affixed to the patient’s head and neck. Then, using a counterweight attached to a mechanical ramp or pulley system, the head is stretched away from the shoulders, relieving disc compression and spinal pain.

It’s important to note the following: Many cervical traction devices require a doctor’s prescription to purchase for home use. It is highly recommended that customers discuss which cervical traction device best suits their needs with their doctor or chiropractor before making any purchases.

As a popular treatment for neck injuries and neck pain, cervical traction provides effective therapy by gently pulling the head away from the neck. This specific stretching reduces pressure on the spine, expanding and separating the vertebrae. It can deliver immediate results and alleviate pain quickly for more acute problems, and provide long-term healing and relief for more chronic issues as well.

Often recommended by chiropractors, physical therapists, and other medical professionals, cervical traction can help patients with neck pain to avoid surgery and to reduce their need for pain medications. It may be performed as part of chiropractic or a physical therapy session, along with continuing care at home with the use of a traction device.

Who uses cervical neck traction devices?

Most of us experience neck stiffness and pain occasionally, most often due to overuse, repetitive strain, or poor posture. Made of vertebrae extending from the upper torso to the skull, the neck/cervical spine has discs between these bones to help absorb shock. Any abnormalities, injuries, or inflammation of the bones, ligaments, and muscles in this cervical area can cause neck pain and/or stiffness.

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