The Right Way To Use Neck TractionNeck traction is a simple, safe and effective way to help alleviate the pain and stiffness that occur with a variety of neck conditions. Traction can also be helpful in promoting healing. There are many traumatic and degenerative injuries and conditions that can benefit from this conservative treatment.
Did You Know That Neck Traction Can Help
More Than Just Neck Pain?
Neck Traction can be used to calm the symptoms of a variety of neck problems, as well as help to promote healing with many neck issues. The following issues can benefit from neck traction:
- Hypomobile joints
- Limited range of motion
- Muscle spasms
- Pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots
- Degenerative disc disease
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Stress-related tension
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Why Use a Soft Neck Traction Collar Over a Weighted or Fulcrum Device
Many at-home traction devices involve the use of a unit that is strapped over the back of a door. These are being phased out, however, for a simpler unit. The newer units resemble a neck brace and require no extensive set up. You just put it on and then use the hand pump to add or remove traction.
A soft traction collar allows traction to be done in different positions, allowing for maximum comfort and compliance. It can be done in the supine, sitting and ambulatory positions.
The soft collar is now preferred over a weighted or fulcrum device because it is now thought to be safer. With a weighted or fulcrum device, the traction force is primarily in the temporomandibular and mandible joints. With a soft collar, this force is more spread out, putting far less stress on a single area.
The ease of use of a soft traction collar also helps to ensure better compliance since it can be used in different relaxing positions, as well as in various places. A weighted or fulcrum device has to be used on the back of a door.
Can I Combine Neck Traction with Other Treatments?
Neck traction can be combined with other treatments to make these more effective. These include:
- Heat and cold (>> More Heat Therapy - Click Here)
Heat and cold are probably the most common methods used to help with pain. There are some keys to using these though. First, heat and cold should not be applied to a painful neck for longer than 15 to 20 minutes. There should be at least 30 minutes in between each application of ice or heat.
Gentle massage is something that can be done about once a day. You do not want to overdo massage because it can make the muscles feel bruised, which will just further the pain.
Exercise is often highly beneficial, but you must be careful which kind of exercises you do. A doctor or physical therapist can recommend the exercises to use and can tell which to avoid.
How Often Can ChiSoft® Neck Traction Be Done?
Neck traction can be done several times a day as needed to relieve pain, muscle spasms, stiffness and other discomforts. Users should aim for at least twice a day, but if they are having a lot of pain and other symptoms and need some relief, this method can be used more often.
The only thing you need to consider is to not use it too long per session. For example, you can use this device four times a day and this is fine as long as you do not use it for longer than 15 minutes each time. Just like heat and ice, overdoing it can cause more soreness and be counterproductive.
How Long Does it Take to Get Results?
Many people report a reduction in pain right after the first session. Using this method regularly – which is about two times a day – can help to ensure constant alleviation of pain. Regular use also promotes the healing of certain issues, such as pressure on a nerve.
Who Should NOT Us Neck Traction?There are some more serious neck issues that traction should not be used for. Those with the following issues should not use neck traction unless a doctor tells them otherwise:
- A spine that is not stable
- A ruptured disc in the spine (this differs from a herniated disc which traction can be used for)
- An acute sprain or strain (traction can be used for these, but not acute ones)
- Hypermobile joints
- Extruded disc fragmentation
- Cancer or malignancy
- A fractured cervical vertebra