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How a neck stretcher and other cervical supports can help your neck pain and stiff neck

Are you not able to get comfortable at night because of neck pain or stiffness? Have you been diagnosed with a Loss of Cervical Lordosis (military neck)? Do you have Chronic Neck Pain and Neck Stiffness? At Arc4life we specialize in neck pain relief products including cervical traction systems, traction products and neck cushions.
What is Traction?
Traction involves the application of a continuous force that elongates or stretches spine. This pulling force is used for treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. It may be applied to the arms, legs, neck, back or pelvis for treatment of fractures, dislocations, muscle spasms and other muscular disorders. Traction uses weights, counterweights and pulleys to provide a force that gradually stretches the spine to a normal position. Before doing traction, it is important to consult a doctor because certain factors such as age, weight and medical history make a difference.
Why Should I do Neck Traction? What is the Purpose of it?
Mainly for pain relief, neck traction has many purposes. It helps to mobilize the soft tissues and joints in the cervical spine, provides decompressive forces on a pinched nerve root and helps to reduce herniations in the disc. Traction is also an extremely effective means of realigning a cervical spinal dislocation and providing stabilization for these types of cervical spine injury. Low weight cervical spinal traction may be beneficial in the early treatment of cervical radiculopathy caused by a disc herniation or a disc bulge. Finally, if you suffer from a lot of neck pain, have bad neck posture (such as forward head posture), or have been diagnosed with having a reversal of the cervical lordosis (aka military neck), doing a home traction protocol can be beneficial and effective to get the curve back in your neck.
Is Using A Traction Device Painful?
Traction devices or neck stretches have been around for centuries. There are many different set ups for neck traction, and some are more comfortable than others. It used to be that you could only find Over the Door Neck traction units.In this system, one hangs the weight over a door and the patient is seated in a chair. For someone who has a sensitive jaw, or jaw pain this may not be the best option. For somebody looking at this traction device in use for the first time, they might be scared off from doing neck traction at home. Over the years, many companies have out with comfortable traction products such as the Neck Traction Collar (aka Trac-Collar). Even more comfortable and effective are pneumatic traction units such as the Pronex Pneumatic Cervical Traction unit (gold standard in Doctors offices) and the Posture Pump 1000. With this type of neck traction, the patient can lie down comfortably and control the amount of traction with a pump system, thus providing an even painless neck stretch with more weight as well.
What Studies have been done using traction?
Many scientific studies have shown the benefit of using traction for natural pain relief.
  • In 2006 Dr. Graham and other researchers carried out randomized controlled trials to assess whether mechanical traction, either alone or in combination with other treatments, improves pain, function/disability, patient satisfaction and global perceived effect in adults with mechanical neck disorders.10 trials were included in this review. Of the ten, it was noted that one study was of high quality. The review revealed low-quality trials for mechanical neck disorders, and demonstrated that it is beneficial to have intermittent traction specifically for pain reductions. Regarding continuous traction, the review indicated no significant difference for defined outcomes. (Graham, et al., 2006)
  • In 1999, Dr. Swezey and other researcheres studied 58 outpatients for the purpose of determining if home cervical traction was beneficial. It was noted that a brief, over-the-door home cervical traction modality provided symptomatic relief in 85% of the patients with mild to moderately severe neck pain.
  • In 2002 Dr.Constantoyannis and other researchers conducted a case series of four patients with neck pain who were treated with intermittent over-the-door cervical traction. It was noted that there was complete symptom resolution for each patient within three weeks
Home Cervical Traction Units
Being able to treat you neck pain at home can make the healing process faster. Home Cervical Traction is a non invasive way that can give you long term pain relief. Home traction stretch the soft tissues of the neck and to separate the spinal joint structures in order to relieve neck pain. Constant traction results in tiring of the muscles, allowing the strain to rest on the joints. Traction results in a widening of the joint spaces, promoting pain relief because pressure is taken of the cervical nerves. There are few different types of traction that are available including a free weight and pulley system or a mechanical motorized device, often involving a head or chin sling to allow pull in a cephalad upward direction. Mechanical motorized devices are easily applied but require patient attendance and, therefore, are most often used in an outpatient clinic setting. These include the cervical posture pump 1000 and the Pronex pneumatic traction unit. You can acheive 20-50 pounds of pressure (PSI). Cervical traction may be used in a home setting as an alternative to or in addition to outpatient rehabilitation.
Doing Traction at Home
Doing traction directly in your own home can help a patient to heal comfortably and continually. Proper instructions must always be followed when doing traction at home because this is a medical device. It should be applied in the position of maximal pain relief and should not result in discomfort or more pain. There are different home traction devices availabe today including traditional over-the-door devices (applied in a sitting position) and more advanced technologies (applied in a lying down position), such as the Cervical Posture Pump 1000 and PronexPneumatic Traction Unit. With the traditional over-the-door traction device, one can get up to 20 pounds of pressure or less of traction. One must be careful with overhead traction is that it can put a lot of pressure on the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and cause irritation and pain. It is important to do the traction for a specified amount of time and fit the head gear properly. The head halter fits under the chin. As force is transmitted through the chin strap to the teeth, the TMJ becomes a weight-bearing structure, which may potentially cause the joint to deteriorate.

Devices that are used in the home can allow greater traction force such as the Pronex Pneumatic cervical traction device. The Pronex is a patient-controlled, pneumatic traction device that is used in a supine (lying on your back) position. The neck traction device cradles a reclining patient's head and neck between two soft foam cushions. The Pronex Cervical Traction Unit maintains the normal cervical lordosis, resulting in uniform traction posteriorly and anteriorly across the vertebral disc, in comparison to other devices, which occlude the anterior disc space for temporary relief posteriorly. This neck stretcher can be used to deliver a traction force that avoids TMJ force and allows patients control of their own comfort level. Furthermore, with this traction unit, you can easily induce a small amount of flexion (bringing your chin to the chest) for a greater pain relief. Finally, the Pronex comes in three different sizes allowing the patient to have the best fit possible. To learn more about the Pronex traction unit on Arc 4 Life.
Treatment Protocol For Traction
Treatment plans will vary for home traction depending on your particular neck pain condition. For an acute pain episode treatment is usually short-term (less than eight weeks in duration) with treatments 2-3 times per week. Once this eight week time line has passed patients do one of two things:
  1. Some use the cervical traction unit at home on an as needed basis. When they have neck pain, they do home traction.
  2. Some patients use cervical traction reguarly 1-2 times per week just like they would do their regular exercise.
This is beneficial when one does not have the proper cervical curvature or a loss of cervical lordosis. This is often determined by a lateral cervical x-ray which shows the neck from the side. No curve or a "military neck" benefits from traction in thelong term. With traction patients will see pain relief, increase in cervical range of motion and return to activities of daily living. Typically, traction is used as part of an ongoing comprehensive rehabilitation treatment program to improve activities of daily living, range of motion and mobility, and overall function. It is important to have other therapy including ice, electrical muscle stimulation, and chiropractic for optimal pain relief. Arc 4 Life has written a comprehensive article on how to end neck pain by doing a cervical traction program at home.
Arc4life's Cervical Neck Traction Products
Arc 4 Life Specializes in neck traction devices for neck pain relief. We have traction units that you can use while watching tv sitting up, laying down (supine) as well old school devices such as the over the door units. No matter what traction unit you order, they will provide you with relief from your symptoms. Neck traction is great for neck pain, numbness and tingling, shooting pains, arm pain, degenerative discs, arthritis and other symptoms. Great for patients who have a herniated disc, bulging disc, protruding disc or pinched nerve in the neck. A unit such as the pronex, theratrac or posture pump 1000 also can help you get the curve back in your neck. Please contact us if you have any questions. Always consult with your Doctor about which neck traction is right for you.
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Cervical Traction Collar for Neck StretchingCervical Traction Collar for Neck StretchingAn Inflatable Cervical Collar  that creates effective neck traction for Neck Pain Relief. One Size Fits Most.
Cervical Traction Posture Pump 1000Cervical Traction Posture Pump 1000The Posture Pump 1000 Cervical Traction unit dramatically reinforces the neck curve. It gets to the cause of neck stiffness, pain and discomfort fast.
Cervical Traction System with Foam RollCervical Traction System with Foam RollRestore the proper curve in your neck with this home traction system: Includes a foam roll, harness and Water Weighted Bag
Cervical Traction System with Soothe-A-CiserCervical Traction System with Soothe-A-CiserRestore the proper curve in your neck with this home traction system: Includes a Soothe-A-Ciser, adjustable harness and Water Weighted Bag
Dr. Kennedy's Neck Deck Traction SystemDr. Kennedy's Neck Deck Traction SystemProvides a very comfortable seated or laying down neck traction. 
Neck Pain Relief Total PackageNeck Pain Relief Total PackageIncludes the Arc4life Cervical Linear Traction Neck Pillow (medium or large), A Dust Cover, The Posture Pump 1000 Cervical Traction Unit, 6x20 hot and cold pack, Formula 303 muscle relaxer and Biofreeze Natural Pain Relief Gel 4 oz tube 
Neck Stretching Traction CollarNeck Stretching Traction CollarAn Inflatable Cervical Collar  that creates effective neck traction for Neck Pain Relief. Availabe in Regular size and Large Size
Neck-Pro Over the Door Neck Traction SystemNeck-Pro Over the Door Neck Traction System Racheting mechanism enables incremental tension adjustment.
Omni Cervical Relief Pillow For Neck TractionOmni Cervical Relief Pillow For Neck TractionGently Stretch Your Neck for Neck Pain Relief, Headache Relief and Pinched Nerve in the Neck. 
Over the Door Neck Traction SystemOver the Door Neck Traction SystemThe Original Neck Traction Device for Neck Pain Relief: Over the Door Neck Traction 
Overhead Neck Traction SystemOverhead Neck Traction SystemThe Original Neck Traction Device for Neck Pain Relief: Over the Door Neck Traction 
Portable Neck Traction CollarPortable Neck Traction CollarAn Inflatable Cervical Collar  that creates effective neck traction for Neck Pain Relief. Available in Small, Regular, Lrg, XLrg, and XXLrg
Posture Right Traction - Hard Neck OrthoticPosture Right Traction - Hard Neck OrthoticThe Posture Right Traction Hard Neck Orthotic works to get the curve back in your neck, helping to correct the loss of cervical curve combat forward head carriage.
Posture Right Traction - Soft Neck OrthoticPosture Right Traction - Soft Neck OrthoticThe Posture Right Traction - Soft Neck Orthotic is designed for a patient that curve correction is limited due to degeneration of the spine and discs. The soft neck orthotic is more tolerable when you are looking for immediate comfort during traction.
Pronex Pneumatic Cervical TractionPronex Pneumatic Cervical TractionThe only neck traction device that creates an even distraction in the anterior and posterior cervical discs while supporting the cervical curve-a lightweight, pneumatic device that has revoultionized at-home cervical traction unit.
Sizes available for this neck stretcher:
Regular (14" to 16" neck)
Large (17" to 18" neck)
Wide (19" to 21" neck) [Detailed info about the Pronex Cervical Tractio
Replacement Head Harness For Overhead Traction System Overhead Neck Traction SystemReplacement Head Harness For Overhead Traction System Overhead Neck Traction SystemReplacement Head Harness for OverDoor Neck Traction 
Replacement Water Bag For Overhead Traction System Overhead Neck Traction SystemReplacement Water Bag For Overhead Traction System Overhead Neck Traction SystemReplacement Water Bag  for OverDoor Neck Traction 
Saunders Cervical Home Traction DeluxeSaunders Cervical Home Traction DeluxeThe Professional's Traction Unit: Acheive up to 50 Lbs of Traction with unit. Great for supine traction. Very Comfortable, light and portable.
Soothe-A-Ciser Neck Traction CushionSoothe-A-Ciser Neck Traction CushionFor Positioning and And Pain Relief; Helps relieve tension headaches and neck pain; Perfect for Tractioning of the NECK; Used by Chiropractors, Dentists, Massage Therapists and many health professionals.
Theratrac Pneumatic Cervical Neck TractionTheratrac Pneumatic Cervical Neck TractionPneumatic Neck Traction Unit in Small, Medium and Large
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Other Pain Relief Products & Cervical Supports There are many cervical support cushions that one can use during the day for stretching of the neck and gentle traction. At Arc4life.com we offer the Soothe-A-Ciser neck support cushion. Patients can also use supportive products at night such as the cervical traction neck pillow - which provides gentle traction to the cervical spine while sleeping. Our neck pillows support your head and neck in their most natural, neutral position. A proper sleeping posture can give you relief from and help prevent nerve pressure and airway blockage (usually a major cause of snoring), and assist in recovery from whiplash (usually from a motor vehicle accident), and other neck injuries. These neck pillows are so comfortable, you may never sleep on a regular neck pillow again.

If you have any questions about what product is right for you, please email us at info@ arc4life.com or call us Toll Free at 1-866-810-2174.

Also read this article: Which Neck Pillow is Right for Me?.
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