Home Traction Spinal Care
Please check with you chiropractor before embarking on the following treatments.
As we get older, the intervertebral discs in our neck become dehydrated and lose height in the process of cervical degeneration. This can lead to abnormal loading from the weight of the head which is transferred to structures such as the facet joints, leading to spondylitis (inflammation of the neck joints). This alone can produce neck pain, with pain sometimes referred to the shoulder and arm. Further disc degeneration can cause irritation of nerve roots in the neck that can also cause neck pain, shoulder pain and arm pain. As a means to help support you in relieving neck pain at home, an over door cervical (neck) traction kit is ideal as it fits to any door. To adjust the amount of traction, you simply add or reduce the amount of water in the bag.
Cervical traction works on the principle that a mechanical traction force applied to the neck can help to relieve the symptoms caused by a loss of disc height. A 20lb water bag acts as a traction weight, using a simple pulley. This is attached to a head halter that fits snugly under the jaw and back of the head and provides a gentle sustained traction force in an upward direction. Not only does the sustained traction have the effect of reversing the loss of disc height, but it also helps to relieve painful muscle spasm and restore normal neck movement.