What does a Saunders cervical traction do?
The Saunders Cervical Traction Device is hospital grade physical therapy equipment designed for use in your home. The Saunders Cervical Traction Device is designed to provide traction (stretching) to the cervical region (neck). The device requires no assembly and is ready to use out of the case.
How many pounds of pressure do you need for cervical traction?
It appears that at least 25–30 pounds of force are required to produce measurable separation of the cervical vertebrae. The traction force must be at least the weight of the head to produce any significant decompression.
Can traction hurt your neck?
It’s possible for you to injure your tissue, neck, or spine. You should avoid cervical traction if you have: rheumatoid arthritis.
How often should I use the Saunders cervical traction device?
To use an air neck traction device, place it around your neck and adjust the straps as necessary. Then, pump it up and wear it for about 20–30 minutes. Do this a few times throughout the day. You can wear the device while doing activities where you tend to slouch.
When should you not use cervical traction?
Cervical Traction should be avoided in any condition of the cervical spine where movement can aggravate the condition or result in spinal instability, spinal injury and/or nerve root injury at risk for causing paralysis or ischemia. Determine body weight. Tension should be up to 7% – 10% of body weight.
How often should you use a neck traction device?
In general, you should use the over-the-door traction for about 15 to 20 minutes each session. 6 You can perform several sessions per day. If your pain is increasing while using the over-the-door traction device, you must stop using it and consult your physical therapist or doctor.
Do neck traction devices really work?
A 2014 study found that mechanical traction was effective in treating people with pinched nerves and neck pain. Mechanical traction was more effective than exercising alone or exercising in addition to using over-door traction.