Many of my readers get back in when they do neck traction. The question then becomes: Is it okay or normal to feel your lower back when you traction the neck? Or is it harmful to feel your lower back with neck traction?
Lets just review some anatomy. Your spinal cord is an extension of the brain that travels down to the upper lumbar spine. Your whole spine is not only connected by this but it made up of a series of spinal vertebrae.All are connected with discs between the bones. These are joints and allow you to move, bend and twist.
Is this normal to feel the lower body when stretching the upper body? The answer is yes because everything is connected. You should however feel most of the stretch in the neck. Make sure you are doing the stretch properly and you are positioned correctly. Most times if you feel it gently in the lower body that is okay. It just tells that something lower down needs to stretch too.
If however you feel worse or feel that the pain is substantial, it is recommended to lessen the traction force. If pain continues then stop the traction you are doing altogether. Consult with your Doctor to make sure you are doing traction correctly, or perhaps get examined if you have pain in a different area.
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