Why Chiropractors recommend home neck tractionNeck pain and stiffness have a profound impact on the lives of those living with them. There are dozens of potential treatments, but many of these carry the risk of side effects that may just make the patient feel worse.
One option that chiropractors frequently use in their offices and recommend for home use is neck traction – also referred to as cervical traction. This method is natural and does not cause any side effects. It also involves zero recovery time.
Types of Neck Traction Used by ChiropractorsChiropractors will use either manual or mechanical traction. Mechanical traction is a neck traction device that gently stretches and then relaxes the neck over a set period of time. Manual traction is often done by the chiropractor literally performing it with his hands. There are also manual traction devices that can be obtained for home use.
Ease of Use and PracticalityAt-home traction devices are designed to be easy to use. Chiropractors often recommend them because they are confident that their patients will be able to set up and use the device properly without any issue.
Most of these devices are set up by simply placing them on the back of any door in your home. Then, you just place your head in the designated area on the device and lie there for the time allotted. The time necessary for best results is generally to start out with two seven-minute sessions per day and then work up to two 15-minute sessions per day.
Most people will add a minute to their sessions every other day until they are up to 15 minutes per session.
There are No Side Effects with ChiSoft® Neck TractionMedications and steroid injections can be effective, but they also carry the risk of side effects. Chiropractors can send their patient home to their neck traction device and not have to worry about them having side effects of complications. This method naturally stretches the cervical spine and muscles of the upper back, neck and shoulders.
When patients are not having adverse effects, they are far more likely to maintain their traction schedule and not skip a session. This method also requires no healing time. The patient can do a neck traction session and then immediately go on with his or her day. They do not need to rest or avoid any activities following a session.
Neck Traction Can be Used Long-Term
Many pain medications and muscle relaxers are not meant to be used long-term due to the potential for adverse effects. Steroid injections cannot be given frequently because steroids are very harsh on the body.