How Does Traction Help Neck Pain?

Traction is defined as the act of drawing or pulling. This sustained way of pulling can be done mechanically to aid in the correction of strains, dislocated joints and bones, and to relieve pressure from painful muscle and ligament pain. For neck pain, traction is an ideal method of diminishing the discomfort if used consistently.  Here are two types of traction for neck pain, as well as ways that they work against the discomfort.

Manual Traction

In order to receive the benefits of manual traction, you must make an appointment and visit a physical therapist. While the patient lies on a comfortable table, the physical therapist takes her hands and steadily pulls the neck and holds it in a pulled position for the recommended time, depending on the injury and severity of the injury. The therapist may also move the head to either side and pull from that angle or actually turn the head and pull. 

Mechanical Traction

During mechanical traction, your neck is being pulled in the same ways as manual traction; however, there are a few differences. This method, on many machines, looks like a pully-like structure that, once the head is placed on a padded squared and supported moveable surface, it is pulled by an adjustable mechanical device. You will be strapped on the head and chest to keep your body stable during therapy, and the therapist will be there beside you adjusting it to your needs.

The Benefits of Traction

Whichever type of therapy you choose, the benefits of traction are many. Both types are controlled by a person, or if you have a portable device, such as The Neck Hammock, by you. The tension from the use of traction allows the muscles to stretch and the ligaments to extend in order to widen the space between the vertebrae of the upper spine. This allows for pinched nerves to be relieved and the muscles to relax and properly fall back into place. It also can effectively reduce muscle sprains and spasms. When spinal discs are worn down, traction relieves the pain caused by the ineffective discs.

To improve mobility of the neck and to keep it pain-free, traction is a safe and drug-free option which may work for you. Visiting your physician first will give you more information on if you can benefit from this therapy with a professional. The professional will communicate with you the amount you need and how often you need it. Traction devices can also be used within the home; many people rely on portable traction devices to help them when the need arises or on a regular basis. Portable, effective devices, such as The Neck Hammock, may be the choice for you. No matter which you decide upon, you will begin to feel like your normal self in no time!