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For patients suffering from herniated disc, bulging disc, neck degeneration, neck pain, numbness and tingling, neck stiffness and neck muscle spasm- neck traction is the key for neck pain relief and getting rid of forward head posture. Okay so you have been diagnosed with a Military neck, which means you don’t have a curve in the c spine as seen on an x-ray. Your Dr has recommended neck traction. Perhaps you suffer from chronic neck pain and your Dr has tried all types of physical therapy. Maybe an MRI shows that you have a disc herniation in the neck or a disc bulge. It is causing neck pain, stiffness, numbness and tingling into your left arm and hands and weakness. How can neck traction help?
Cervical traction has been applied widely for pain relief of neck muscle spasm or nerve root compression. Traction occurs when a force is applied to a part of the body to decrease paraspinal muscle spasms by stretching soft tissues. Traction is also used to separate facet joint surfaces or bony structures.
Studies have shown that traction must be constant so that the muscles may fatigue and the strain falls on the joints. It generally takes 2 minutes of sustained traction before the intervertebral spaces begin to widen. Forces between 20 and 50 pounds are commonly used to achieve intervertebral separation.
Usually, patients have tried all other types of treatment such as heat/ice, medications, exercises, and finally they try neck traction .It can be part of a physical therapy session along with other things such as modalities of heat/ice and exercises. For many patients this gentle stretch in the neck for 10-15 minutes feels good and is very therapeutic. Traction of the neck has been around for a long time and these days.
There are a lot of cervical traction units to choose from at the Neck Pain Relief Shop.
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