FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What conditions are traction devices used for?
Traction devices are normally used after a spinal traction procedure. This is when pressure is relieved from the spine through medical intervention to help treat conditions like herniated discs, sciatica, pinched nerves, and other painful spinal conditions that can reduce mobility or leave patients suffering in pain. Back traction devices utilize equipment like weights and pulleys to relieve pressure. The devices keep certain muscles stretched to prevent them from spasming and causing pain. Traction devices can help people suffering from chronic spinal cord problems by reducing pressure on key muscle groups and relieving pain in the short term.
Do traction devices work?
Yes, traction devices can work very well and there are many different types to choose from. A traction wedge is a positioning wedge that can help support the legs and take pressure off the lower back. It’s a firm wedge that helps stretch out muscle groups for people who suffer from back pain and even quadriplegics who are unable to fully extend their muscles on their own. It can also be connected to electrical stimulation treatments in the spine. Traction devices can work but they are to be used for a long period of time. You won’t see results with spinal injuries overnight. The treatments are normally continuous. Much like exercise is needed on an ongoing basis to stay healthy, traction devices should be used for stretching on an ongoing basis if they are to provide maximum benefits.
How do I use an over-the-door cervical traction device?
An over-the-door neck traction device helps you keep your neck straight and extended. When suggested by a medical professional, it is typically recommended to use this device in 20- to 30-minute periods a few times per day. Chronic neck pain often stems from slouching or improper posture. Working on a computer can contribute to neck pain. In some cases, neck pain can stem from a degenerative disease or as the result of an injury. In any case, stretching out the neck muscles is crucial to healing the muscle pain but it can be hard to do this, especially if you are in pain while doing so. The device hangs over the door and cradles the neck and head securely. This allows you to keep your neck muscles extended and it can help alleviate the pain and pressure in the neck as you recover or manage your chronic condition.
How do I use a cervical traction pillow?
A cervical traction pillow is used to support the head and neck while sleeping. It keeps the neck muscles and the upper tail end of the spine straight. Sleeping with improper support can sometimes cause even more neck pain and even put pressure on the rest of the spine. To manage the pain and prevent further damage, a cervical traction pillow can be very useful. It comes in different sizes to accommodate everyone. The pillow should be comfortable yet firm. It should provide enough support to keep your spine and neck straight while you sleep rather than at an angle.
How long does it take for neck traction to work?
A cervical traction pillow and an over-the-door neck traction unit can both be very helpful in stretching out the neck and minimizing pressure and pain in the spine. However, it is an ongoing process. You may notice some initial relief right away. But it can take anywhere from two to six weeks to see some long-term results. Like exercise and other stretching techniques, you should continue neck traction techniques on an ongoing basis to ensure maximum results. Regular neck traction exercises can lead to long-term relief of chronic neck and spinal pain.
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