Neck 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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How To Use Neck Traction Device For Neck Pain Relief
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?
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.
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