The BEST Method for Neck Relief
The Benefits of Cervical Traction for Neck Pain
According to latest figures, around 45% of America’s working population suffer from some
type of neck pain. The most integral component of our neck is the vertebrae that extend from
the upper torso to the skull. The muscles, ligaments, and bones of the neck allows for motion
by supporting our head. Pain or stiffness of the neck may be caused by injury, inflammation,
or muscular abnormality. Neck pain is experienced by many people because of poor posture.
It may also be caused by injuries resulting from a whiplash, contact sport, or accidental fall.
What is Cervical Traction?
One of the most effective alternatives to alleviate neck pain is to stretch out the spine with the
goal of increasing the space between the spine bones. This helps relieve pressure on several
delicate neck structures such as the intervertebral discs, nerve roots, and spinal joints. One
of the best ways to accomplish this is a practice commonly known as cervical traction
therapy. Thousands of neck pain sufferers have received instant relief by using this
medication free procedure.
Cervical traction can be manual or mechanical, and both are performed with same objective
of decompressing the spine. In manual procedure, a trained professional pulls the neck
rhythmically using his or her hands by applying pressure, and releases it intermittently. On
the other hand, in case of mechanical traction, the head of the patient is held on a table with
the help of a harness. This results in the head getting pulled away from the torso
automatically, resulting in intermittent stretching and releasing of the neck. In some
instances, mechanical traction is performed with the patient lying down on a flat surface on
their back. As a result, with a deeper stretch, the intervertebral space within the spine can be
increased. When done in the right way, cervical traction can provide relief from pinched
nerve, osteoarthritis, and help address the problem of bulging discs without any invasive
Things to keep in mind:
- Cervical Traction should never hurt. If it does, stop, check your position, and try again. If it still hurts, contact your physical therapist or MD.
- Do not use for more than 15 minutes at a time. Beyond that has diminishing returns. You can perform 2-3x a day as needed.
- Use with meditation music, dim the lights, and totally relax. This will allow your body and mind to let go and truly enjoy the benefits of cervical traction.
Caution: When used in the wrong way, cervical traction may lead to unwanted consequences.
Therefore, always follow the exact directions provided in the instruction manual and seek guidance from your healthcare professional.