Cervical Traction Devices

Cervical Traction Devices are designed to provide convenient pain relief from home. Desk jobs, in particular, contribute to workers experiencing chronic neck and back pain due to hours in front of a computer with poor posture. Cervical traction is an easy option to combat tight, stiff necks and lower back pain. Individuals who have headaches and neck discomfort from the daily grind can use a neck stretching device at home and use it at their leisure. Purchasing a home neck traction unit does not require a prescription or a trip to a doctor's office or a physical therapist. These home therapy devices are used in the privacy of a home and when it is most convenient. Vitality Medical supplies a variety of traction models that target the cervical spine, which starts at the base of the skull and ends at the shoulders. A cervical traction unit offsets the effects of gravity by using opposing forces to stretch and separate or decompress the neck bones. In the process, the surrounding muscles are relaxed and any pinched nerves are released. This combination alleviates pain and improves blood flow to the surrounding tissue to encourage inflammation reduction and healing. A traction device offers a nonsurgical solution to target this issue without prescription drugs.


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Cervical Traction Devices and Options

The variety of devices available are used in a professional physical therapy setting or provide access to therapy at home. A Home Cervical Traction Unit allows individuals to self-administer the cervical traction therapy in the privacy of their home to relieve pain and tension as needed. The design options are detailed below to outline to help customers select the traction employment method of choice.

Over-the-Door Cervical Traction

This pulley system is a popular traction device used at home due to its simplicity and easy-to-use application. It attaches over a standard door with a halter or harness that's applied over the head. Using a pully system, the individual customizes the amount of directional pull to relieve tension in the neck.


Drive Medical Over the Door Traction Device

Mechanical Cervical Traction

A mechanical version is an inflatable neck traction device using an inflator bulb to gently pump air to slowly lengthen the spine. Mechanical Cervical Traction devices can be self-administered or supervised by a physical therapist.


Mechanical Cervical Traction Device

Manual Cervical Traction

Manual traction is another home neck traction unit that uses gravity to pull the head away from the neck. The head is supported and connected to a strap that wraps around a doorknob or banister to self-administer the therapy.


  • OTC Cervical Traction Hammock separates the neck vertebrae using gravity to gently lengthen the neck. The looped strap is placed above the user by wrapping it around a doorknob, railing, or the wrist of a helper.
  • Core Products Traction Harness System is a table harness that uses gravity to decompress the spine. The head extends slightly past the end of the table. The harness connects to a weighted bag to use gravity to decompress the neck.
OTC Cervical Traction Hammock

Cervical Traction Pillow

A cervical pillow or wedge is placed underneath the neck to deliver traction and cervical alignment. Typically, this is a complementary product to a cervical traction therapy device since it establishes proper cervical posture and adds comfort during therapy.


  • Apex Cervical Orthosis supports the neck using three height adjustments to provide proper cervical posture during therapy.
  • RB Traction Pillow is a foam pillow with a cover that cushions and comfort the neck when a patient is placed on a cervical traction table.
Lumbar Traction Device


Traction devices are useful for treating:

  • Herniated Discs
  • Sciatica
  • Pinched Nerves
  • Slipped Discs
  • Back Aches and Pains


Traction Indications

Before using a device for neck traction at home, consult with a physician. Avoid using a cervical traction device if it creates pain or the individual has a neck or spine injury. This therapy device is indicated for the following symptoms or conditions:

  • Tense Muscles
  • Pinched Nerves in the Neck
  • Neck Muscle Spasms
  • Neck Strain
  • Herniated, Bulging Disks
  • Slipped Discs


Product Videos

Over the Door Neck Traction

Video Transcription

Over the door traction is one of several options to stretch your neck at home. It's an effective treatment for neck pain, especially pain that goes under the shoulder or down the arm. It's also the least expensive option costing anywhere from $20 to $30.

But remember, this should only be used on the advice of your healthcare professional as there are some conditions that could be made worse but if you bought your unit and are ready to try it out, here's how to use it.

When you open the box, you'll find a plastic bag which we will be filling with water, a metal bracket, two pulleys, a spreader bar, a metal rod shaped like a V, a harness for your head, some rope and lastly some instructions that may or may not be helpful.

Next, just slide one pulley on to each end of the metal rod. Then attach the rod to the metal bracket. Thread the rope through the two pulleys.

Next, attach the spreader bar to the end of the rope. Most units come with an S-hook, which this one did not so I'm using a small carabiner that I had on hand. This piece is not critical but it does make it easier to attach the water bag.

Now you'll fill the water bag about halfway to start and this will be your counter weight. Attach the bracket to a doorand close the door. Have a seat and it's time to put on the harness.

You will find two pieces of Velcro on one side of the harness. They should go towards the back. They will then come around and attach to the front. Attach the harness to the spreader bar.

Lastly, hang the water bag on the other end of the rope. You're all done and sitting pretty.

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