Keywords: home traction unit, skeletal traction, home traction devices, cervical traction collar, cervical traction devices, neck traction device, home cervical traction.
PS: There is a major upgrade on this page coming in the next couple months.
Much of the frustration surrounding neck pain is that patients feel trapped. They feel there's so little they can do for themselves. They are spending large amounts of money, perhaps after an old whiplash injury that was not correctly managed, on chiropractic, physiotherapy, perhaps are facing neck surgery; and frankly the results are not always satisfactory.
Having been in practice for thirty plus years now, I keep encouraging patients to use their own resources and intuitions. I show spouses how to do gentle massage, I encourage use of a sloping desk, neck exercises; and a home traction unit. There actually is quite a lot you can do for yourself. Home traction devices are one of those things.
There's a collar that you slip around your neck, which is attached via a pulley to a bag of water. Decide with advice from your chiropractor with how many litres to begin.
Lie quietly on your back, having your neck stretched, listening to some of your favourite relaxing music for about twenty minutes. Not tchaikovsky's cannons symphony!
There are commercially available units that can be used for skeletal traction. An inversion device is good for the low back but it doesn't help much for your neck, if at all; there are any number of cervical traction devices on the market.
When looking for home traction devices, I personally prefer those where you are lying down, rather than sitting. Home cervical traction is definitely something that can contribute meaningfully and cheaply to your well being. Plus it gives you the feeling that you are regaining a measure of control over your nasty neck.
The device above costs around one hundred dollars.
Ex South Africa that is, but I'm sure your local orthopedic store will have them. Try the internet.
An innovative patient who had a neck injury with radiating pain down his arm, made this little neck traction device. What's nice about it, is that it tucks away against the wall, but is very easy to swing into position when needed. It cost him no more than ten dollars to make.
What you will also need is a cervical traction collar to fit around your chin and hea, but that you can easily make from the design below. Another option is a cheap kid's helmet, with a hole drilled in the top for the cord.
How much water in the jerrycan? Officially no more than 7kg, 7 litres of water, but some people go far higher. Build up slowly from 1 to 2kg for about 20 minutes.
I've certainly noticed that he is needing less treatment since he started using it. For over a year prior to treatment he was unable to ride his motor cycle because it caused so much pain in his neck and arm. Now after some months in care, and the use of his neck traction device he tells me he is planning an extended trip on his new dream machine through the former Soviet republics. Estonia, Latvia; ah, how I wish I could join him!
Update; The trip was a great success. He had some neck discomfort if he rode more than 5 hours a day, which he had to do twice, but overall a very happy holiday. Chiropractic plus a home cervical traction.
Cervical facet syndrome
The sudden onset of acute neck pain, in the absence of recent trauma, is usually caused by the entrapment of a small slither of the capsule between the faces of adjoining facets.
The Chiropractic adjustment, followed by continuous skeleton traction and ice provides a powerful therapy to reduce the offending fragment of the capsule and provide rapid pain relief.
Stiff neck exercises for neck pain
What else can you do yourself for your horrid neck? A disciplined set
of exercises done on a daily basis can also help you regain control of
your neck pain.
If you have a horrid neck then you will probably never be independent of your chiropractor, just the same if you have diabetes or any one of a very long list of medical conditions. But we do our best to encourage you to make the best of your own resources. Hence a Home traction unit
The extremities of the body, those parts directly in contact with the environment, your hands and feet, your face and head generally, are far more sensitive to pain. Head neck pain, whether from your neck, your jaw joint, a rotten tooth, a sinus infection, is a huge problem in today's society. Cheap or free pain pills are not the answer.
The search this site function in the navigation bar on the left enables you to find stuff on this site.
Google has gone through an enormous shakeup in the last year, giving webmasters much grief.
Meantime, use that search function to find more information about subject material mentioned on the page where links have probably been removed. There are over 360 pages at chiropractic help; it's become a veritable encyclopedia dedicated to better health.
If you really want to improve your health think home nutrition, think too of a vegetable patch, and even making a compost pile. For that you need a little more room. You'd be astonished how many green beans you will get off just a few pole bean plants. Enough for a daily green bean salad for weeks and it's all really dead easy. Yes, you will have to turn off the television one weekend a month.
So too think support from your cartilage. Cartilage has no blood supply of its own and is utterly dependent on fluid in the vicinity that is rich in oxygen and nutrients. Making a bouillon from your chicken bones is one big helper. So too a diet of fatty fish at least twice a week for its omega 3.
For the vegetarian think no further than freshly ground flax seed. Cheap and very easy.
Did you find this page useful? Then perhaps forward it to a suffering friend. Better still, Tweet or Face Book it.
Interesting challenges of the day
1. Mr B came initially for a painful and stiff neck and then asked whether chiropractic could help the cold numb feeling running down the side of his thigh for six months. Meralgia paresthetica is a double crush syndrome with the nerve affected in the back and groin. He's 80% improved after five treatments.
2. Mrs C has a long history of severe, disabling migraine headaches since having her wisdom teeth removed. She clenches her teeth at night. After six treatments she has no migraines but some jaw joint discomfort remains; a bite plate is in the offing.
3. Mrs U has the trophy for the worst back this year. After major surgery with plates and screws two years later she still had paresis in the lower leg and severe disabling back pain. She's doing far better than expected, in no little part due to a lift in her shoe for a very short leg.
4. Mr V is 86 years old and hurt his back helping his wife into the car. Just one treatment of the sacroiliac joint and he's eighty percent better. It's not always like that.
5. Mr W lay on his back knocking down a pillar. Turning his head causes severe vertigo. He needs the Epley exercises, not pills, research shows. Update, he's fine.
6. Mrs X, a young mother has severe lower back pain, with numbness down the posterior thigh, calf and side of her foot. It started after a long drive in the car. After six treatments she is 60 percent better, but it's slow and is going to take the full 6 weeks to heal.
And now a setback, after lifting her child she now has leg pain. It's going to the be difficult.
7. This lady is a 70 year old woman, is on maintenance care for a nasty lumbar stenosis despite having to do everything at home. Her husband has a hospital acquired infection after a total shoulder replacement. After four operations he is incapacitated.
8. She is an 78 year old woman, is doing remarkably well with a bad sciatica. But over 200 pounds she is not losing weight; in fact, gaining despite my suggestions. She's high risk for a stroke. I have referred her to a dietician to crack the whip.
9. This man is a 73 year old engineer, still working, is doing fine after a long episode of lower back pain. Some pain on the side of the hip remains after five treatments. I reassured him it's not hip arthritis.
10. A 64 year old woman has had scheuermanns disease; it's left her with a spinal kyphosis and chronic middorsal pain. She responds well to chiropractic treatment provides she come every six weeks or so for maintenance treatment.
11. Mr C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.
12. Mrs D, a middle aged woman with hip pain of one year duration, despite other treatment. Xrays reveal an impingement syndrome and early hip arthritis. There's much to be done.
13. Both Mrs E and I can't believe how much better her lower back and leg pain are. Surgery for a scoliosis and spondylolysthesis three years ago helped greatly for one year. But then her leg went lame and weak. He was responded extremely well despite all expectations.
And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.
Have a problem that's not getting better? Looking for a different slant on your pain? Want to pose a question?
Greetings, Dr B.
You helped me quite some time back with a soothing and professional response which turned out to be exactly correct. I now consult a local chiropractor. You write a superb newsletter, too.
Your own unresolved problem. Pose a question
Knowing that up to 70% of the time the correct diagnosis is made with no examination, no special tests, no xrays, but just from the history, there's a fair chance I can add some insight to your unresolved problem. But at least 30% of the time, I may be quite wrong! Give plenty of detail if you want a sensible reply.
You visited this chiropractic help site no doubt because you have a problem that is not resolving and want to know more about what chiropractors do.
The quickest and most interesting way is to read one of my ebooks of anecdotes. Described by a reader as gems, both funny and healthful, from the life and work of a chiropractor, you'll love them. Priced right at $2.99, though Kindle fiddles the price without telling me.