Cervical & Neck Traction Devices
Traction devices are designed to help decompress the spine or neck and put tension on joints to help relieve pain, fatigue, or spasms. There are a variety of traction devices and methods. One of the most popular types of traction are cervical traction devices where tension is used to relieve pressure on the neck. It is used to help treat herniated discs, pinched nerves, and a variety of other neckconditions as well as day to day aches and pains. Home Neck Traction Units can be self-administered or done with help from a physical therapist.
Manual cervical traction is done by a physical therapist through the use of their hands. Mechanical traction is done with the use of a traction device such as the ones we carry on our site. Mechanical traction is can be done with pulleys or also with items like a traction bench where you lay your back across the bench in an inverted arc and allow gravity to apply tension to your spine. Cervical traction done by physical therapists often make use of pulley systems and traction boots and head halters in order to apply traction in a more controlled.
Traction devices are useful for treating:
- Herniated Discs
- Pinched Nerves
- Slipped Discs
- Back Aches and Pains
Over the Door Neck Traction
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.